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Southern Kaduna killings: CAN blasts Council of Imams

– The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has replied the council of Imams and Ulama in kaduna state after the later asked for their president to be arrested

– CAN has described the Council of Imam as a surprisingly shameless and ‘evil network’ behind the ongoing killings in southern Kaduna

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has finally replied the Council of Imams.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described the call by the Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna state for the arrest of its president and other leaders over their position on the southern Kaduna crisis as hypocritical.

The Islamic clerics called for the arrest of CAN president, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, the senator Representing southern Kaduna, Danjuma Laah, the President of southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Dr. Solomom Musa, Rev. Zechariah Gado, Hon. Sunday Marshal, Dr. Danfulani, and Rev. Dr. Musa Asake for their comments over the killings in southern Kaduna.

According to Daily Trust, CAN national secretary, Dr. Musa Asake, in statement yesterday, January 11, said the Council of Imams’ demand was ‘surprisingly shameless.’

He said this is because while the killings in southern Kaduna were going on, no one knew that a group called Council of Imams and Ulama existed in Kaduna state.

CAN said: “With their position now, it is obvious that these Imams are part of the evil network desperately trying to decimate the Christian population of southern Kaduna and the taking over of their land.

“These are the Muslim clerics that encourage and inspire the jihad carried out by their foot soldiers. These Imams are very sad that we have refused to keep silent.”

Asake said CAN has no apology over the comment it had made on the religious cleansing in southern Kaduna and other places in the country.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly on Tuesday, January 10, condemned the killings in southern Kaduna, where no fewer than 808 persons were reportedly killed in 53 villages; 57 people injured, farm produce worth about N5.5 billion destroyed and 1,422 houses and 16 churches allegedly razed by herdsmen.

The Senate resolved to set up a committee that would carry out a holistic investigation into the killings, just as the upper chamber of the National House of Assembly bemoaned that since 2011, various communities in southern Kaduna have been consistently attacked by herdsmen.

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