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CAN not involved in Army's attack on Shi'ites - Christian elders

CAN not involved in Army's attack on Shi'ites - Christian elders

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.

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