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CAN protests FG decision to join Saudi Arabia’s Islamic coalition against ISIS

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN President
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN President

Umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Wednesday night, protested plans by the Federal Government to enlist Nigeria among Arab coalition of nations to fight ISIS.

Saudi Arabia, Monday, announced a coalition of 34 Muslim nations including Nigeria to fight ISIS.

A statement late last night by the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, said: “This singular gesture of the Buhari government betrays so much, and tends to confirm our fears that underneath everything this government is doing, there is an agenda with strong Islamic undertones, aimed at undermining Nigeria’s pluralistic character and neutrality regarding government’s affiliation to any one religion.

“While joining hands with other countries to fight ISIS is something good, our country must not be tagged as a Muslim or Arab nation. Christians must make a public statement showing their discontent on this development which portends great danger to national unity and integration.”

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