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CAN should not open the can of worms

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By Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi

Despite the fact that it is common knowledge that officials of supposedly respectable organizations are seldom not representatives of the truly faithful, but their own selfish interests, I am truly taken aback by the recent pronouncements of the Christian Association of Nigeria on my efforts to bring peace in our ravaged country.

They are not sure of what I said or what I mean by what I said, yet they are calling for my neck. They want to stir confusion and a possible crisis between me and the Federal Government.

Confirming my apprehension of some elements in our gallant armed forces to which I belong who stirred commotion in the past that engulfed the whole nation repeatedly.

Have they forgotten that there is a court of law that they can seek redress if they feel offended? Why do they want others to do their bidding? Are they then not happy, when Muslims fight each other?

The Majority of Christians in Nigeria are law-abiding and peace-loving. We thank God for that. They live within the tenets of Christian empathy which the Quran affirmed to Muslims. But that cannot be said of a clique of them who are rabidly anti-Islamic, who evidently have on many occasions hijacked the peaceful religion to cause mayhem and stir crisis in the nation since its first republic.

If History is their headache, let us remind them that Nzoegwu, Dimka, and Gideon Orkar have all a common denominator. They are Christians who used legal national weapons to commit treason, murder, and stir commotion in the nation. Ojukwu another Christian, said in his declaration of defunct Biafra at Ahiara on June 1, 1969: “The Biafran struggle is, on another plane, a resistance to the Arab-Muslim expansionism which has menaced and ravaged the African continent for twelve centuries”.

The federation was then ruled by a Christian Head of State, yet, his acrimony against Muslims could not hinder him from casting his myopic ethnic struggle as a religious war between Christians and Muslims.

Another common denominator to all of them is that they are all members of the reputable discipline armed forces who deliberately wanted to stir religious crisis in the nation?

A fifth columnist in our military.

Beyond rhetoric, C.A.N could not pinpoint without speculation any accusation against a 0.5 minutes clip of what I said, and yet they tried to debunk a 13 minutes voice clip of a soldier’s accusation of the existence of Genocide in Birnin-Gwari forest in July 2014 by one Col. Folawole and one Gen. Malu against Fulani communities, under the command of Lt. Gen. Minimah as the COAS (Chief of Army Staff) from 2014 to July 2015, and Maj Gen Kenneth C. Osuji from 2014 to 2015 as the GOC 1st division Kaduna all of whom are again Christians.

This was confessed by the Birnin Gwari axis Fulani herdsmen militants as the main cause of their struggle against ethnic extinction.

If CAN is an honorable association of conscientious clerics, I thought the mere mention of Genocide committed by some non-Muslim members of our military would stir their empathy and call for an international investigation into this heinous crime against humanity, yet they are only concerned with some few seconds sound bites they are not sure of what it means.

Please, C.A.N don’t OPEN THE CAN OF WORMS. We have a nation to preserve.

Blessed are the peacemakers!

May Allah bring peace, prosperity, and tranquility to our dear nation. Amin،

Sheikh Gumi, a renowned Islamic Scholar writes from Kaduna