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March 23, 2017

Osinbajo’s silence on Christians’ persecution worrisome

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday urged the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to use his position to speak up against what it described as “a sustained persecution of Christians” in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement by the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in which he said Osinbajo’s silence was worrisome, warning that failure to act against the forces trying to silence Christians in the country could be disastrous.

Ayokunle, in the statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Pastor Bayo Oladeji, listed the continuous killing of Christians, especially the recent Southern Kaduna massacres, failure to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators coupled with attempted arrest of Apostle Johnson Suleiman who spoke against the rampaging Fulani herdsmen, as some of the current challenges facing Christians

The CAN President said: “We call on the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to intervene in this clampdown on the Church in Nigeria. After all, he is in the office primarily to represent the interest of the Christians and his studied silence is no longer golden.

The Clergy noted that Christians were yet to recover from the genocide in Southern Kaduna by the murderous Fulani herdsmen and its attendant consequences, and that now, “the Jigawa State government has started pulling down our churches with impunity.”

In a related development, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has expressed his anger on Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo over his loud silence on the killing of some Christians in Nigeria.

Fani-Kayode said the refusal of Osinbajo to speak against the incidents and protect his own people from what he tagged as ‘sneaky dirty rats’ was very pathetic.

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The controversial writer-cum-orator, who was reacting to the Monday’s interrogation of the Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman faulted Osinbajo for refusing to condemn the genocide that was being perpetrated by the Fulani militias on Christians across the country.

In the concluding part of his article entitled ‘the travails of Apostle Johnson Suleman and the inciting words of the Sultan Of Sokoto, Fani said if the killing continued, the Christian community would have no choice but resort to self-defence.

He wrote, “Our Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who is undoubtedly a fine gentleman and who is a practising Pentecostal Christian, appears to be helpless and has done absolutely nothing to help and protect his own from the “sneaky dirty rats”.

“Clearly he has no power and he does not have the disposition or the political will and clout to take a stand against this great evil.

“The best he could do was to issue a tepid statement telling Nigerian religious and political leaders not to allow religion to drive us apart.

“He did not condemn the genocide that was being perpetrated by the Fulani militias and neither did he commiserate with the families of those that were butchered or express regret about the inability of the Federal Government to prevent the carnage,” he added.

Fano-Kayode added that despite the killings and persecutions of Christian, it would not deter them from remaining steadfast and strong in faith.

“Not even one hundred million inciting words from the Sultan of Sokoto or anyone else can change that,” he said.

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