By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern States and Abuja has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution his aides not to create further religious tensions with their unguarded speeches.
The Association who was reacting to a statement credited to the Spokesperson to the President, Lauretta Onochie calling CAN, “Can of worms”, said Buhari should learn from his predecessors whose aides did not even publicly or privately disparaged people of other faiths.
CAN said if Onochie has done this foolish act to gain favors then the Muslim brothers and friends should know that she is a child that probably do not have good home training about manners.
According to the Association, Onochie is notorious for insulting a former Nigeria leader by posting a picture of him praying to God and saying that his prayers were “stupid” and “useless”!
“Who on earth does that if not someone whose belly is her god? CAN Northern States and Abuja want her to know that power is transient and we have seen opportunist like her who end with regrets.
“CAN Northern States and in Nigeria preaches and practices peace as well as call for justice which is the bedrock of true peace. We will never speak evil of another religion and have been calling on all true Christians in position of authority to use good and godly words even when responding to insults no matter the provocation, not as this presidential spokesperson has done.
“CAN Northern States once again remind President Buhari to caution his aides not to create further religious tension with their unguarded speeches. They should learn from previous Nigeria leaders both Christians and Muslim whose aides did not ever publicly or privately disparaged people of other faiths.
“We are also calling on the International community to take note of those promoting hate speeches and segregation in our country by openly insulting people of other faith without knowledge of the realities on ground,” he said.