Con­fab: Rights group says CAN black­mail­ing Kutigi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

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.

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