CAN has lashed out at John Kerry, U.S Secretary of State, for excluding Christians and southern Nigeria in his meetings during his recent visit to Nigeria.
Describing his action as discriminatory, personal and divisive, CAN president, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle, warned Kerry to stop interfering in the internal affairs of Nigeria. He said the visit was aimed at furthering the FG’s plan to continue to persecute the teeming population of Nigerian Christians.
Ayokunle said Kerry’s lack of respect for the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria amounted to favouring northern Nigeria and Muslims to the detriment of the Christian community.
According to Ayokunle, the attitude supports accusations that Obama’s administration, alongside Kerry and other strategic US politicians in the Obama’s government openly supported APC in the 2015 general elections.
He said: “Why did he meet with 19 state governors, without southern governors? Is Nigeria about the north alone? Has the Sultan’s Palace become another State House? Was Kerry invited by the Sultan? .
Kerry’s visit has heightened fear and tension among Christians in Nigeria. Has the DSS arrested the Muslim youths who burnt down a Catholic Church in Niger State because they were worshiping on Friday?
What happened to the ECWA pastor who was killed in his farm in Obi LGA of Nasarawa State? What has happened with Redeemed preacher who was murdered in Kubwa, Abuja? Look at the recent case in Zamfara State, where Christians where burnt alive.
What has happened? They will tell you, they are still investigating. Have they been arrested and charged to court? If the government cannot sit up and protect Christians, tolerance is going to break down, they should do the right thing, they should not provoke Christians.
Have we ever seen this government bring anybody to book?” He also called on the Nigerian Bar Association to intervene in the case of Joe Chinakwe, who was arrested for naming his dog ‘Buhari’. He argued that, naming an animal with somebody’s name is never a criminal offence.