Kano — The federal government has been advised to focus its search light on the activities of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) which is threatening peaceful co-existence in Nigeria.
The Jama'atul Izalatul Bidi'ah Wa'i Kamatus Sunnah, Kano State chapter, in a statement signed by its chairman, Mallam Ibrahim Buba Joda, said all recent religious and communal clashes in the country had the signature of the Christina Association of Nigeria.
He noted that all the recent happenings in the country could be traced to a secret CAN meeting held at Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos which the security agencies were also aware of. At the meeting, the statement said, strategies were mapped out to destabilise Sharia in Nigeria and counter Islamic religious propagation by portraying the religion as a religion of intolerance and violence.
The Muslim group cited the Taraba episode where Christian youths were caught dressed as Muslims trying to burn a church.
Jamatul Izala also revealed the arrest of some Christian youths in Kano recently who were alleged to have printed inciting pamphlets urging Muslims to embark on demonstration on the Friday after the bloody riots.
These incidents, according to the group, point clearly to calculated and planned strategies by CAN to destabilise the peaceful co-existence in the country, and blackmail Sharia and Muslims.
On the recent Kano riot, the group exonerated Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and the state police Commissioner of Police from CAN's accusation, arguing that as chief security officers of the state, they stand to gain nothing from inciting upheavals. It noted that it is now clear that CAN was behind the Kano riots because part of the Ikoyi-Hotel CAN resolution was to destabilise Sharia in Zamfara and Kano states in particular.
Jama'atul Izala therefore called on CAN to show maturity and encourage its followers to be law-abiding, and live peacefully with their neighbours irrespective of their beliefs.
It also called on the federal government and security agencies in the country to closely monitor the activities of CAN as millions of dollars are being secretly given to it from anti-Islamic forces abroad to destabilise Islam in Nigeria.
The organisation also called on the federal government to disregard the compensation demand by the Kano branch of CAN on the recent Kano riot, saying most of the properties destroyed during the Kano riots belonged to Muslims.