The feel-good story was widely reported: on Christmas day in Nigeria, Muslims protected Christians at churches, thereby demonstrating that the vast majority of peaceful Muslims reject the jihad terror agenda and stand with non-Muslims for peace and pluralism. The only problem was that it wasn’t true — it was just another example of mainstream media mythmaking and wishful thinking.
“CAN Debunks Reports Than Muslims Protected Christians,” by Clement Ejiofor, NAIJ.com, December 31, 2014:
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State debunked reports that some Muslims protected Christians during Christmas celebration.
It would be recalled that earlier this week it was provided that 200 Muslim youths took part in Kaduna church services to protect Christians. The move was reportedly aimed at strengthening peaceful coexistence between the two groups.
However December 31, Reverend Sunday Ibrahim, the secretary of the Kaduna State chapter of CAN, made the refutation in a statement, Sahara Reported informs.
He disclosed that unlike claimed, the usual security agents were drafted for this mission.
“It has become imperative for us to clarify this falsehood and confusion in local and international media. Many of our members have been calling and asking questions whether a Church was protected from being attacked by Muslims in [the] Sabo area on Christmas day? And we said it is not true, and we don’t want people to create panic and dishing out [an] inciting story.”
CAN representative added that there was not a single church of 600 that was protected by Muslims on Christmas.
“..no record of any Church in Sabon Tasha, Barnawa and environs out of the over 400 Churches that was protected by Muslims. Sabon Tasha is a 100 percent Christian-dominated area, and how will Muslims come from Rigasa and Tudun Wada to protect a Church in Sabon Tasha?”
Ibrahim said that they didn’t mind introducing such an initiative, but insisted that fake stories should not take place and bring confusion.
“We are not against any peace initiative as we are working with Jama’atu Nasril Islam for peace. However we are not aware of this fabricated story from any Church, security agencies, military, police and the SSS capable of creating confusion.”
On the festive day Muslims visited a Christian pastor to celebrate with him, but not protect a church, the shed the light on the situation adding that not a single church was under threat on Christmas.