Islamic leaders query CAN’s statement on Lawan Andimi’s killing by Boko Haram

The leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA) has warned the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to be wary of the comments and statements it puts in the public domain, so as not play into antics of the enemy.

Aselemi Ibrahim, Head of Media and Communication of NSCIA in a statement issued on Wednesday while reacting to CAN’s recent statement indicated that there is need to always think-through and be sure that comments are in the interest of national peace, security and cohesion.

The statement added that, the leadership of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs,NSCIA, has received with great shock the news of the killing of Pastor Lawan Andimi, the CAN branch chairman of Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa state by Boko Haram.

Part of the statement read;

“We condemn it in the strongest terms. It is barbaric, provocative and a flagship example of man inhumanity to man. The Council believes that Boko Haram is trying to make the country ungovernable and to incite Christians against Muslims in Nigeria.

“The Council hereby expresses her heart-felt condolences to the immediate family of Pastor Lawan Andimi in particular and the leadership and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in general.

“We equally want to seize this opportunity to appeal to the leadership of CAN in Nigeria to be wary of the comments and statements it puts out in the public domain, so as not to play into the antics of the enemy. We should think-through and be sure that our comments are in the interest of national peace, security and cohesion”.

According to the Supreme Council, it is committed to a united Nigeria, where everyone is protected and free to practice his/her religion without any encumbrances.

It also called on the Federal Government and the security apparatus to be alive to their responsibilities of protection of lives and properties.

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