Jos, 29 April, 2021 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Church leaders in Nigeria have cautioned their Muslim counterparts against activities that provoke Christians saying doing so amounts to “fishing in troubled waters.”
In a Tuesday, April 27 statement obtained by ACI Africa, Church leaders under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) say, “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 neighborhood with. This should stop.”
The Christian leaders add, “We are worried and disappointed with the activities of some Islamic extremists in the country whose past time is how to trigger religious crises and violence and throw the already nervous country as a result of serious security concerns into utter confusion.”
“All over the country, there are some actions that are being taken by some Islamic leaders who are out to provoke their Christian counterparts to anger and CAN has been working behind the scene to nip such ungodly actions in the bud,” they say in the statement signed by their General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola.
Among the provocative situations the CAN representatives highlight is the dress code standoff in Kwara State within the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin where they are “still trying to curb the violence occasioned by the Governor's directive to mission’s schools to allow the wearing of the hijab.”