CAN Calls For Soyinka’s Head Over Anti-Religion Comments

By Ikenga Chronicles January 17, 2017

The Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) has expressed disappointment over the anti-religion stance of Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. Soyinka had, at a book presentation in Abuja, on Thursday, warned that religion would kill the country if it was not tamed.

While condemning the  killings  in Southern Kaduna in the name of religion, Soyinka  had said:, “I would like to transfer that cry [by President Muhammadu Buhari on corruption] from the moral zone to the terrain of religion. If we do not tame religion in this nation, religion will kill us.”

In a reaction, CAN’s National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel faulted Soyinka’s statement.

The CAN leader stated, “With due respect to Prof. Soyinka, it is not true that religion is the bane of Nigeria’s stability. No genuine religion promotes killings and destruction of lives and property. It is unfair for the Nobel laureate to project religion as a problem when it is the faithful believers that are praying and sacrificing to keep the nation moving.”

“Christianity preaches peace in all its ramifications. I challenge the professor to identify one attack on any community in Nigeria that was reported to have been carried out by Christians. Let him show any terrorist group by whatever name that shouts the name of Jesus before attacks or claim they are fighting for Jesus.”

“We are sad that the so-called religious killing is persisting because our prominent leaders are not ready to call a spade by its real name.”

Samuel lamented that Nigeria’s security agencies appeared to use a different template in performing their functions at home from the one they adopted when on international mission.

He stated, “I wonder how Nigeria would have been without the coming of the Christian missionaries. This nation has the security agencies that present heavy budgets, undergo serious training both nationally and internationally, perform very highly on foreign assignments. Yet, when they are dealing with Nigeria, they seem to be very lost as to knowing what is happening in Nigeria, let alone finding any lasting solution.”

He urged respected Nigerians like Soyinka to ask relevant authorities some questions as to why for years, killings had continued with no single prosecution of perpetrators.

“Why a woman will be murdered in cold blood by known neighbours, yet they will be set free without prosecution like it happened in Kano? Nigeria will be far from getting to any solution,” he said.


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