CAN should fight injustice in Ekiti, Southern Nigeria, not in National Assembly – MSSN


Headquarters: Ibadan, Oyo State. Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019.



Nigeria recently held its general elections into the offices of the President, National Assemblies, Governors and State Assemblies. The roles played by some notable individuals and groups especially the religious groups are already in the book of history and not the subject of this press release.

However, when critical stakeholders and patriotic Nigerians are busy praying and giving sincere advice on ways best at resolving the many challenges faced by our country, and see to a smooth running second term regime of President Muhammadu Buhari in the interest of all, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) appears to be at it again, in its usual characteristics, playing a divisive politics with the leadership of the National Assembly.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, in its recent letters to the elected members of the senate and house of representatives is calling for sharing of the principal offices along religious lines claiming that since the President and the acting chief justice of Nigeria are both Muslims, either the senate or speaker must be a Christian hinging this parochial desire on its own definition of justice and fairness.

May we quickly remind CAN that its man, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen remains the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria and hope is not lost about him returning back to his office once he wins his legal battle. Therefore, the position of CAN showing that the office of the highest judicial officer is occupied by a Muslim cannot be said to be true. Or what would happen if the claim of CAN is considered to elect principal members of the National Assembly and in no distant period, the suspended CJN wins his legal battle and returns back to office.

May we also remind Dr. Ayokunle-led leadership of CAN that at a time in the political history of Nigeria, the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Foluke Ette were all Christians and the Muslim leadership kept their peace.

The Christian Association of Nigeria purportedly predicated their call on ‘justice and fairness’. The question is, does CAN believe in justice and fairness? Is justice a one-way traffic? And should justice, as defined by CAN, not be done at all time and in all circumstances? Should justice be in accordance with the whims and caprises of the Christian leaders? We say No!!!

If CAN is concerned about justice and fairness, where was it when both the two major parties presented, at best, only two Muslims each out of the seventeen governornorship candidates of Southern Nigeria? Where was CAN and its ‘theory of justice’ when occupiers of almost all the elective and appointed positions in the South-south and south-east including Ondo and Ekiti states belong to Christian religion? Are there no sizable Muslims in the regions even among the south-easterners? The governor of Ekiti state has just sent names of his commissioner-nominees to the state house of assembly with only two Muslims where the governor, his deputy, Secretary to State government and the chief of staff to the governor are all Christians. To CAN, nothing is wrong in that. It is ‘justice’ according to ‘saint CAN’.

Just recently, Mr Dapo Abiodun’s picture went viral presenting his certificate of return to Pastor Enoch Adeboye of redeemed Christians perceivably as if he was elected into the office by the Christians and to serve the christiandom. If it were to be a Muslim doing similar thing, CAN and its watchdog would have gone to town with their usual song of Islamization agenda supported by their partners in the media. When will CAN be just? When will CAN be fair? When will CAN be nationalistic?

In the light of the above, the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) B-Zone sees the call by the Christian Association of Nigeria in its letters to the elected national lawmakers as uncalled for and one done in bad faith. It is an attempt at dividing the distinguished lawmakers along religious line which is dangerous to our democratic processes and the Security agents should be bold enough to tell CAN that.

We call on the newly-elected national assembly members and all political parties not to be swayed by the divisive calls from CAN and remain patriotic in their bid to choose the best hands to paddle the canoe of the 9th National Assembly.

We also want to say that members of the national assembly should see the whole country as their constituency and therefore their loyalty should first be to Nigerians irrespective of their race, tribe or religion.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria where all Nigerians, of all creed and race can rise to their full potentials in safety and harmony.

Barr. Qaasim Odedeji
Amir/Zonal Coordinator

Alh. Abdul Jalil Abdul Rasaq
Zonal Secretary

Engr. Bashir Momoh
Public Relations Officer

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