The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has criticized the demand by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, for Christian Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly.
NSCIA, in a statement by its Deputy Secretary-General, Salisu Shehu, described the demand by CAN as “indecorous, ill-advised, ill-motivated” which was “only aimed at polarising the country.”
CAN’s National President, Samson Ayokunle, earlier wrote to the National Assembly, requesting that the position of Senate president or speaker of the House of Representatives be given to Christians.
Ayokunle in the letter said: “As it has been the practice since 1999, whenever the Senate President is a Christian, the Speaker of the House has always been a Muslim and vice- versa. And the same thing happens to their deputies,” the letter reads partly..
However, NSCIA’s statement reads: “Given the trajectory of the recent activities of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), like other informed groups and people in Nigeria, cannot but wonder whether CAN still remains a religious body or a political party in a religious garb.
“The Council is persuaded to believe the latter because of the Association’s posture as the counterfoil for and opposition to everything Islam and Muslims in this country.
“We cannot also but wonder whether Islamophobia has indeed not replaced the more important responsibility of giving direction to millions of our compatriots who are law-abiding citizens of the Christian faith. It is really benumbing that CAN appears to be giving credence and relevance to the rhetorical question asked centuries ago: “if gold rust, what should iron do?
“It is hypocritical for CAN and its alter egos to claim to be on the side of justice by forming the ‘National Peace Committee’ which is not surprisingly dominated by Christian clergymen. The pretence of the ‘Peace Committee’ had been exposed by the various comments/actions of their prominent members.
“All these are not surprising as it is on record that CAN itself had maliciously referred to President Muhammadu Buhari as a ‘bad product.’