The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has urged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to partner with it to guide, admonish and discourage Pastors and Imams, from desecrating their pulpits with political partisanship and hate-speech.
This was stated in a message to
the Christian faithful in the country on the occasion of the Easter celebration.
NSCIA in the congratulatory message signed by Prof. Salisu Shehu, Deputy Secretary-General and addressed to Archbishop Daniel Okoh, President of CAN said “The Nigerian Muslim Ummah, under the leadership of the President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, mni, CFR, wishes to congratulate you on the auspicious occasion of Easter.
“As a religious festival commemorating a significant landmark in Christianity, Easter serves as a springboard for spiritual renewal, religious re-awakening and general rebirth.
” It is our hope and prayer that this spirit of re-awakening and rebirth will continue to define our national course especially as we look forward to a new leadership in Nigeria.
“As a people of faith united by our father, Abraham, the recent history of our dear nation and faith communities are being threatened by the machinations of politicians. These digressions can only be attributed to the handiwork of the devil, whose guile is ultimately weak indeed (Qur’an 4:47). Easter serves as another opportunity to redirect our attention to our shared values and ideals of fasting, love, prayer, penance and cooperation.
“Specifically, Your Eminence, the Nigerian Muslim Ummah would therefore appreciate that you leverage your committed leadership to partner with the NSCIA to guide, admonish and discourage our Pastors and Imams, from desecrating their pulpits with political partisanship and hate-speech.
“The Nigerian Muslim Ummah wishes you many happy returns of the seasons. We also wish you and ourselves a renewed commitment to holiness and righteousness to the glory of God and the greatness of our beloved country.”