Wednesday, 22 June 2016

BREAKING NEWS :---CAN president calls for religious balance and tolerance

CAN president calls for
religious balance and tolerance

– The New president of CAN called on
Islamic leaders to warn people who are
dishonoring them by committing crime
in the name of the religion
– He urged the president to encourage
religious tolerance and balance
– He warned that no one has a
monopoly of violence
Dr. Samson Ayokunle who is the new president of
the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has
warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to treat
Christians as fools by giving preference to one
religion above the other.
In an interview with The Punch, the CAN president
urged the president to maintain religious balance so
as not to open the door for lawlessness.
Rev. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle
“I want to advise the present government
to maintain balance and keep close to
constitution irrespective of the religious
belief of those in government. The
government should respect the
constitution of Nigeria because if the
government breaks the constitution of
Nigeria on religion alone, they have
already opened the door for lawlessness
in the society.”

He advised Islamic religious leaders to call their
followers to order as some of them were not giving
them honour with their actions.
“They (children) are bringing disgrace to
the religion of Islam; we have existed
together for many years without this type
of development, so it is the duty of the
Islamic leaders in Nigeria to look for
those who are radicalising their children
and turning them into murderers and be
able to apprehend them and hand them
over to the government or speak to them
to teach what is right.
“To say that they are not Muslims is so
embarrassing. So, who are they? Are they
Christians? Are they pagans? If they are
pagans, why do they owe allegiance to
the Quran? Do pagans hold Quran or owe
allegiance to it?”
He said Islamic leaders should find out those
“radicalising their children and turning
them into murderers” and each them religious
“The government of Nigeria should not
take things for granted and think that
Christians are fools and they will be seen
to be promoting one religion above the
other or favour one religion to the
detriment of the other.
“Whenever we see that, we are going to
tell them to be very careful and we are
going to speak out. Who you are going to
worship is a fundamental right of every
individual and government is there to
protect that, not to force one religion on
the other.”

He described the attack on a Christian in Kaduna by
some youths because he was eating during the month
of Ramadan as an act of religious intolerance.
“Somebody was going to eat in the
afternoon; he was not a Muslim. What
right do you have to go and stab that
person in a law-abiding society? When
you are not from the bush, you are not a
beast, how can you just behave like that?
What is Nigeria becoming in the name of
“So these are the things we must all rise
to condemn. Since nobody has monopoly
to guns and violence, we should not
continue to provoke people.”