The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has refuted allegation that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is conspiring with Army and Boko Haram to destroy Shi’ites even as it warned President Muhammadu Buhari against dragging Nigeria into the Saudi Arabia-led Muslim/Arab coalition against ISIS.
In a video report credited to an Iranian television station, an Iranian lecturer posited that a “triangle of evil” composing of the Nigerian Army, Boko Haram, and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have combined to destroy Shi’ites in Nigeria.
The elders’ forum in a statement on Sunday in Abuja said it “wishes to refute publicly and stridently that there is no iota of truth in a video report credited to an Iranian television station in which an Iranian lecturer posited that a “triangle of evil” composing of the Nigerian Army, Boko Haram, and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have combined to destroy Shi’ites in Nigeria!
“We wonder under which ideology would CAN team up with Boko Haram to destroy an Islamic sect. Apart from its sheer absurdity, this dangerous statement should not be dismissed because it is calculated to beat the drums of war in faraway Iran to mobilise Muslim Shi’ites to attack Nigerian Christians.”
Continuing, the statement noted that; “The Nigerian Church has suffered tremendously under Sunni Boko Haram; the emergence of Shi’ite backed insurgency in Nigeria must be avoided at all costs.”
On the coalition against ISIS, NCEF said that; “Nigeria is neither an Islamic nor an Arab nation. The President promised Nigerians before his election that he is now a democrat and has no intention of imposing Sharia or any form of religious domination on the nation. If Nigeria should participate in the Saudi Arabia led coalition, it would be a negation of all that the President promised before his election.