Confab: Rights group says CAN blackmailing Kutigi
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of double standard and blackmail tactics of the National Conference and its Chairman Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi.
Director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola said a statement by the CAN’s Director on National Affairs, Sunny Oibe accusing Kutigi of religious bias against Christians in appointment of chairmen of committees and the composition of the committee on religion which CAN claimed is chaired by Alhaji Nurudeen Lemu is distasteful.
Akintola in a statement said contrary to CAN’s claim, the committee on religion is co-chaired by a Christian and a Muslim, not just by a Muslim, with the co-chairman being Bishop Felix Ajakaiye.
“We are perturbed that a religious body can openly indulge in subterfuge. CAN has deliberately ignored the macro to focus on the microcosm. How can a body (Christians) which takes the lion share of 303 complain about bias in favour of a group that has 189 (Muslims)? It beats imagination,” Akintola said.
“There is only one logical conclusion here, namely, that CAN is playing smart, blackmailing the national conference to ensure a win-win situation,” he said.
“It further goes to prove the Muslims right. MURIC had complained that Christians dominate the delegates from the South West and that Christian clerics were selected as Yoruba delegates. Ironically, Bishop Felix Ajakaiye who is representing Ekiti State is now being rejected by CAN. The question we should ask CAN is who would the bishop vote for in case of a division? Will he vote in favour of the Muslims? The world can now see who is being too clever by half,” Akintola said.