National confab: CAN faults comments by JNI, threatens to boycott 2016 census

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The Christian Association of Nigeria has threatened to boycott the 2016 population census and subsequent exercises if there is no provision for religion.

The association was faulting the claim by an Islamic organization, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III that the process of selecting delegates to the National Conference was not done with fair representation and will affect the credibility of its outcome.

The General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake who issued the threat in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja said the inclusion of religion would correct certain negative impressions about the rivalry about which religion has more adherents than the others in the country.

The JNI had through its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar, stated that “Christians, who by all acceptable records are not more than 40 per cent of the country’s population ironically constitutes 62 per cent of the total delegates.”

But Asake described the claim as an “unprovoked defamation of Nigeria Christians.”
He said, “CAN may need to remind JNI of the argument and refusal of Muslims to include religion during the last census in Nigeria. We appeal to JNI not to use religion as a basis for their reservations about the National Conference. We believe the conference will do Nigeria a lot of good.
“Meanwhile, the JNI should come out with the figures that make the Muslim population to be more than that of Christians as we in CAN will boycott future census in Nigeria beginning with the 2016 exercise if they do not include religion. Enough is enough!”
While describing the JNI assertion as disappointing especially coming from a person of Khalid’s standing in educational attainment, Asake said assuming or suggesting, as it were, that Muslims are more than Christians in Nigeria as the basis for argument when no census anchored on religion has been carried out was “logically faulty.”
He queried, “When and how are these figures by the international agencies arrived at? Which of the international agencies have census figures that Nigerians do not have? Has there been any census by international agencies in Nigeria? To put forward a suggestion or theories like this one by Khalid, for others to consider should have been well thought out. In this case, the JNI Secretary General goofed, having put out insensible arguments and thoughts.
“We are therefore challenging the Secretary-General of the JNI to make it public the source of  his population figures which shows that Christians in this country are 40 per cent.”
The association said if JNI did not  respond to the population issue, and produce their claimed sources, it would use alternative means to ascertain the fact of their publication.
Asake said, “We cannot continue to allow people like the JNI to be making reckless and false statements, bringing division among Christians and Muslims, when we are busy working hard to see we live together in peace and harmony.
“The body of rules, ideas, principles and techniques that applies to subjects like census figures must be those matched by empirical evidences. Khalid’s ideas, thoughts and beliefs about the 40 per cent Christian population and 62 per cent of delegates being Christians are therefore mere speculation and conjectures to buy in the idea of a region’s reluctance to attend the conference. It is another way of using religion to shoot down the conference.”
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FULL STATEMENT BELOW…
THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN (CAN) REPLIES JNI,
ON THEIR CLAIM OF FLAYS SELECTION OF NATIONAL CONFERENCE DELEGATES. By REV. DR. MUSA ASAKE, CAN GENERAL SECRETARY Saturday, March 21, 2014.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), read with consternation the provocative and inciting statements by the Secretary General of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam, (JNI) Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu at a press conference in Kaduna recently.
At a press conference, the JNI Secretary General claimed “That the process of selecting participants to the National Conference was not done with fair representation which will affect the credibility of its outcome. That Moslems where cheated in the process in spite of having the largest population as review by many international agencies. Democracy he said, is a game of numbers but it has not been respected, because Moslems constitute the majority in the country, Christians, who by all acceptable records are not more than 40% of the country’s population ironically constitutes 62% of the total delegates. According to him they find it as a disrespect to the conscience of the Moslems, that of the twenty delegates of the Federal Government, only six are Moslems¸ no Moslem is deem fit to make the delegates of the Nigerian economic submit. This assertion was made loud and clear in a press conference he issued in Kaduna recently which was published in the Daily Trust of March 20th 2014, p.6, the press conference was titled “JNI flays selection of national conference delegates.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), therefore, with grieve and concern, feel constrained to respond to the unprovoked defamation of Nigeria Christians by the Ja’amatu Nasril Islam (JNI) through its Secretary General.
This is disappointing especially coming from a person of Khalids standing in educational attainment. To assume or suggest, as it were, that Muslims are more than Christians in Nigeria as the basis for his argument when no census anchored on religion has been carried out is logically faulty. When and how are these figures by the international agencies arrived at? Which of the international agencies have census figures that Nigerians do not have? Has there been any census by international agencies in Nigeria? To put forward a suggestion or theories like this one by Dr. Khalid, for others to consider should have been well thought out.
In this case, the JNI Secretary General goofed, having put out insensible arguments and thoughts.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is therefore challenging the Secretary General of the JNI to make it public the source of  his population figures which shows that Christians in this country are 40%?
If JNI at this point did not  respond to this population issue, and produce their claimed sources, CAN will use alternative means to ascertain the fact of their publication, for we cannot continue to allow people like the JNI be making reckless and false statements, bringing division among Christians and Muslims, when we are busy working hard to see we live together in peace and harmony.
The body of rules, ideas, principles and techniques that applies to subjects like census figures must be those matched by empirical evidences. Dr. Khalid’s ideas, thoughts and beliefs about the 40% Christian population and 62% of delegates being Christians are therefore mere speculation and conjectures to buy in the idea of a region’s reluctance to attend the conference. It is another way of using religion to shoot down the conference.
CAN may need to remind JNI of the argument and refusal of Muslims to include religion during the last census in Nigeria. We appeal to JNI not to use religion as a basis for their reservations about the National Conference. We believe the conference will do Nigeria a lot of good. Meanwhile, the JNI Secretary General should come out with the figures that make the Muslim population to be more than that of Christians as we in CAN will boycott future census in Nigeria beginning with the 2016 exercise if they do not include religion. Enough is Enough!
Rev. Dr. Musa Asake
CAN General Secretary

1 COMMENT

  1. Their main concern is that of the supremacy of the Caliphate and their oligarchs over oblong-like amalgamated Nigeria and the Blackgold in NigerDelta and South East. Watch it they wont come with no idea except to defend their One-Parasitic-Nigeria, SHAM FEDERALISM, SHAM DEMOCRACY…Stop the authoritarians, the Neu-Imperial Caliphate,-we quest for self-reliance, resource control…let them go back and bring forth to live their former world famous Groundnut Pyramid, they should stop scouring the land of North for black gold but use money good for agriculture and technology and education of their populace…these are certain problems bedeviling people of norther Nigeria Sharia Republic but their deeply corrupt greed, megalomaniac sort of innate them wont allow them reason like truly human beings who should not fear to be self-reliance within a truly federal system…this conference is no good for their remote agenda for their Caliphate Nigeria-grab-all-birthright….stop ye me ye me go till…

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