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Stop violence, CAN cautions Muslim leaders

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned Muslim leaders to desist from promoting violence capable of throwing the country into an avoidable religious crisis.

In a statement by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday in Abuja, its General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, said the association was disturbed by the activities of some Islamic extremists in the country, whose “past time is how to trigger a religious crisis, violence and throw the already nervous country into utter confusion.”

Daramola said: “In Kwara State, CAN is still trying to curb the violence occasioned by the governor’s directive to mission schools to allow the wearing of the hijab. Some extremists have built Ummul Khair Central Mosque and Islamic Centre beside Catholic Bishop’s House and the Secretariat primarily to tempt peace-loving Christians into a religious crisis.

“Will Islamic schools allow Catholics or Christian women, who are their students, to dress to the school premises in their cassocks?

The CAN scribe went on: “But if they are certain about their claim, they should publish the said Memorandum of Understanding.

“It is high time we advised some Muslim leaders in the country to stop fishing in troubled waters with a view to provoking Christians whom they share the same neighbourhood. This should stop.”

Daramola, who warned that no religion has a monopoly of violence, pointed out that Christian leaders had continued to caution faithful against provoking other religions or citizens wherever they live as “Jesus Christ taught us.”

He called on the security agencies to caution and prevent any group of people from fomenting religious unrest in Nigeria.

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