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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Southern Kaduna Genocide: CAN Reacts

CAN's Reply to the Council of Imams and Ulamah Of
Kaduna State:

Press Statement:
Yesterday CAN National Secretariat was
inundated with calls from several well-
meaning persons over a Press Conference addressed
by the Council of Imams and Ulama of Kaduna State.
In the press conference, the Islamic clerics called for the arrest of CAN president, Dr.
Samson Ayokunle, the Senator Representing Southern Kaduna, Distinguished Senator
Danjuma Laah, the President of Southern Kaduna
Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Dr. Solomom Musa, Rev.
Zechariah Gado, Hon. Sunday Marshal, Dr Danfulani, and my humble self, Rev. Dr. Musa
Asake. The Islamic clerics’ anger with us was that we had made comments that stoked
the ongoing killings in Southern Kaduna.
CAN wishes to state that the demand of these Muslims preachers has again reaffirmed
their hypocrisy.
To CAN, this is a surprising
shameless, unveiled criminal support for evil.
While, the killings of children, women, aged and the most
defenseless of Southern Kaduna natives and
the destruction of entire communities was at its
peak, no one knew that a group called Council of Imams and Ulama existed in Kaduna state.
When Church leaders under the banner of CAN
kept praying for Southern Kaduna and other affected areas in the country, visiting
traumatized communities and softly calling on
government to do the needy, this Council of Imams was silent and invisible. If indeed,
this council of Muslim clerics claim to preach
peace, tolerance and respect for human lives, we
would expect them to have come out to call the
rampaging Muslims herdsmen to order; condole the victims and join in the process of
looking for finding a lasting solution, but mum was their mouths and response.
You will recall that on the 16th of August, 2016, a chieftain of Kaduna state Miyetti
Allah Cattle Breeders Association, the well-known
Dr.Haruna Usman, in a well-publicized reaction to
the mindless killings by the terrorists, said that
the sacking of Ninte, and other villages, in Jema’aLocal Government, was in response to the killing of a Fulani ardo in Ninte. He spoke
authoritatively as one in the knowledge of the massacre.
In another Press Conference in Kaduna on the 7th
of November, 2016 Jema’a Foundation, Miyetti
Allah and Mobgal Fulbe Development Association
confirmed that Fulani and Hausa Muslims
have been behind the ethnic cleansing and destruction
of villages and houses of worship in Southern
Kaduna. They claimed they had to do this to entrench their rights to practice Islam,
alleging they were being marginalized in Southern
Kaduna. Those who addressed the press were
Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed, Ahmad M. Yandeh and Abdulhamid Musa.
Again, on the 31st of
December, 2016, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Assistant National Secretary of Miyetti Allah also echoed the same position that the Fulani
were carrying out reprisal killings.
But, the most troublesome revelation was that of
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, has
re- affirmed that he knows the killers of Southern Kaduna Christians and has traced some of them
to some African Counties and paid them sums of
money to stop the pogrom.
In view of this glaring confession by all these
Fulani men, including El - Rufai is it not reprehensible,
distasteful and vile that the Council of Imams and
Ulama Kaduna state did not call for the arrest of
these people who are in conspiracy with the
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 lands by Islamists herdsmen terrorists.
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 as we are speaking up to government and telling the world the
devilish plot against the Christian community in Southern Kaduna and other affected areas.
While those they inspired through their wicked
sermons to kill and conquer new territories for
Islam are carrying out their instructions, they are
now intimidating the victims with Governor El-
Rufai infamous position of “call for self-defense
is hate speech.”
The prayers of Christians are being answered for
our Lord Jesus Christ is exposing the enemies of
His Kingdom one by one. For the records, the words and the way of life of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Savior of the world in whom all knees
shall and MUST bow, was never violent.
CAN therefore,
thrives under His inspiration and guidance. We can never call on a Christian to kill another human being. But we cannot tell a Christian
to unjustly submit himself to murderers, his family
wiped, his community taken over with crude
violence so that a new community of herdsmen
terrorists be established as it is happening now in Southern Kaduna – especially as
government is not showing enough commitment at
arresting the situation.
CAN therefore, has no apology
over what comment it has made on the religious
cleansing in Southern Kaduna and other places in
the country. It is a clear fact that CAN has the more to
lose with the continuance of these madness.
Since May last year to date in Sothern Kaduna alone,
over 100 Christians have been killed; over 53
communities with their churches have been
destroyed and not less than 16 villages have been conquered and are now being
occupied by Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
The imams and Ulama are the ones who are benefitting from this orchestrated violence
with the new territories conquered for them.
They are the ones that don’t want peace.
While we will continue to pray for Southern Kaduna and other affected areas and play
any role possible for peace, the world must be
informed that the killings in Southern Kaduna is
still going on with impunity, because the murderers have been given immunity and
they feel they are untouchable.
Thank you,
Sign: Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, CAN National
Date: January 11, 2017.

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