The Companion, an Association of Muslims in Business and Professions, has described the crisis in the country as sectarian.
The group disagreed with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that it was religious related.
A statement by The Companion’s Lagos District Amir (President), Alhaji Abdul-Ghani Abdul Majeed and Public Affairs Secretary, Mukaila Tajudeen Akolade, warned against diving the country along religious line.
Abdul Majeed said: “The comments credited to the CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, Reverend John Hayab, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s reference to his encounter with the US President Donald Trump few years ago – on the accusation of being responsible for the killings of Christians in Nigeria is considered by our organisation as being hateful and a total display of religious bigotry.
“The CAN leader was quoted as saying that the President’s response to the rather offensive and ridiculous question asked by President Trump – that the killings was cultural, and not religious – as being ‘’weak’’ and another confirmation that the present administration does not care about the carnage in the country. The Companion asserts that such a declaration could only come from a biased religious leader.
“Who does not know that the crisis painted sectarian in part of Kaduna (Southern Kaduna) for instance, has been recurring before the present administration and largely caused by the differences between the natives and settlers? The CAN head also shocked our organisation when he cited cases of the suspected bandits and massacre in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau. For all the killings that have occurred in the mentioned states, the truth of the matter is that the gunmen kill both Christians and Muslims.”
Abdul Majeed urged CAN leaders to always exercise restraint; moderate their emotion; shun religious bigotry and embrace the true spirit of love, as well as peaceful coexistence with others, as preached in their scriptures.