Taraba, 31 May, 2022 / 8:56 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Taraba State, have condemned the utterances by a section of Muslim clerics who they say are attempting “to instigate religious unrest”.
In a Sunday, May 29 statement signed by CAN Taraba Chapter Chairperson, Rev. Isaiah Magaji Jirapye, members of the Christian entity that includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) make reference to video recordings showing Muslim clerics issuing threats that target Christians in the Nigerian State.
In a video recording published May 28 on Facebook by Tabara News, a Muslim cleric is featured threatening “to impose Sharia law in Taraba State if Muslims are not given the chance to rule the state.” The Cleric who was delivering a Friday sermon was reportedly reacting to the election of Emmanuel Bwacha, a Christian, as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party during the State gubernatorial primaries.
In another video recording published May 29, a Muslim cleric is seen saying that since those who profess the Islamic religion represent 65% of the Taraba population, a Muslim needs to be at the helm of the Nigerian State.
“Nigerians are in great shock that a purely political party affairs and activities could be given a religious coloration and draws such segregation capable of destabilizing the entire nation,” CAN members in Tabara State say.