Nige­rian con­sti­tu­tion is Is­lamic - CAN del­e­gates

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAN) del­e­gates at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence said yes­ter­day the Nige­rian con­sti­tu­tion looks more Is­lamic than sec­u­lar.

Bishop Joseph Bago­b­iri and Pas­tor Em­manuel Bo­sun, while speak­ing at the ple­nary ses­sion, spoke about con­sti­tu­tional is­sues that they said cre­ated the im­pres­sion that Nigeria has a state re­li­gion.

“Is­lam is men­tion in the con­sti­tu­tion 28 times and Mus­lim 10 times but church was not men­tioned, Christ was not men­tioned and Chris­tian was not men­tioned,” Bo­sun said.

He also said re­li­gion is be­ing used as ma­nip­u­lat­ing tool to de­stroy Nigeria. He said Nigeria was daily pro­duc­ing wid­ows and or­phans in their thou­sands be­cause re­li­gion has be­come a ma­nip­u­la­tive tool used to cause de­struc­tion and that there was need for the con­fer­ence to take a crit­i­cal look at the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion.

“As at Fe­bru­ary 2014, COCIN Church in Jos has recorded 25,000 wid­ows. In March 2010, 501 Chris­tians were killed in Jos,” he said.

At­tempt by Se­na­tor Adamu Aliero to stop Bo­sun’s emo­tional out­bursts by rais­ing a point of or­der was over­ruled.

Bishop Bago­b­iri said the con­fer­ence must right what is wrong about the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion and that ex­cept the “in­con­sis­ten­cies smug­gled” into the con­sti­tu­tion were ad­dressed, “then what we are do­ing here will not bring eq­uity to all Nige­ri­ans. We should re­spect the sanc­tity of the sec­u­lar­ity of the coun­try.”

PHOTO IKECHUKWU IBE

For­mer in­spec­tor-gen­eral of po­lice, Muham­madu Gambo Jimeta (left), and Chief Ed­win Clark, dur­ing the Na­tional Con­fer­ence’s de­lib­er­a­tion yes­ter­day in Abuja.

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