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Friday, July 17, 2015

CAN accuses Sultan, Oloyede of falsehood

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused the Secretary-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede of lying against Nigerian Christian community, ITRealms reports.

Among the falsehood said to be disseminated by the highly placed religious leaders are that Christians in Nigeria were unduly dragged into dirty waters of politics for their selfish reasons, if not for the maturity of NSCIA, Muslims would have had a serious confrontation with their Christian counterparts over the last general election and that the 2014 National Conference was skewed to favour Christians over Muslims in the ratio of 70:30.

CAN, ITRealms gathered, says that it has decided to alert the public because perception can be made stronger than reality. We can no longer continue to keep quiet because we are in a society that is gullible and where people swallow lies hook, line and sinker.. He has been giving an impression that every Christian leader in Nigeria, except his two friends, were dragged into the 2015 partisan politics. But good enough, he contradicted himself by saying that Muslim leaders under NSCIA decided to gang up against ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to CAN, the likes of Oloyede have carefully, for his personal interest, with the blessing of his mentor, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar 11, refused the true composition of religious leaders, thereby making NIREC ineffective. How do we explain the exclusion of respected Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and astute Islamic preachers like Sheikh El-Zaki Zaki, an amiable President of Supreme Council for Islamic Preachers in Nigeria, Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Ibn Nurain, from an umbrella body of religious leaders like NIREC, whereas CAN comprises all Christians in the country?

In the press release signed by the Director, National Issues, CAN, Sunday Oibe, ITRealms learnt, CAN appealed to Oloyede, having admitted that he is not a religious leader, to honorably resign as the National Coordinator of NIREC for the organization to move forward. It said Christians did not raise any objection to the position he has been occupying for close to 10 years. But now that it is the turn of Christians to produce the Executive Secretary of NIREC,  Oloyede, with the active connivance of the Sultan of Sokoto, who is a co-chair of NIREC, has frustrated every move for NIREC to meet in the last two years. Yet, these same group of persons, turned around, polarized NIREC along ethnic and religious consideration, dishing out wrong impressions and lies why NIREC has not been meeting.

CAN also said ii is not ignorant of the plan of Oloyede and the Sultan of Sokoto not to allow the meeting of NIREC to hold, until the expiration of the tenure of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor as CAN President.

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