by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
…Says, “Country didn’t belong to one ethnic group.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has warned Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association from further using statements capable of destroying the nation, noting that the statement credited to it was capable of tearing the nation apart.
Miyetti Allah’s leader was accused of saying that the group “owns Nigeria and has the right to do anything it wishes.”
Condemning the statement, Vice Chairman of CAN for 19 Northern States and FCT, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, said in a statement in Kaduna on Sunday, that Nigeria does not belong to any ethnic group, section or religion but to everybody.
He said the newspaper story credited to the National President of one of the groups of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, who was quoted to have said that “Nigeria belongs to Fulani and they will rule forever,” confirmed and identified those, who do not wish Nigeria to live in peace and unity.
Part of the statement read: “Our stance is that no well-meaning individual should use the name of an association or platform like Miyetti Allah to make such serious divisive statements like the one above.
“The truth is that Nigeria does not belong to any ethnic group, section or religion but to every one of us. Making such false claims as that of Miyetti Allah’s president only create tension and fuels crisis,” he said
CAN therefore, called on the Federal Government through the DG SSS and IGP to have a session with the ethnic ‘superiority champion’ to “school him on the diversity of Nigeria and the need for restraint from such reckless statements.”