President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Revd Samson Ayokunle, has said that killings across the country were as a result of moves to spread Sharia across the country.
The killings, the assaults, the maimings and the whole range of human rights violations are all manifestations of the jihad to spread the Sharia. It has been unchanged for 1400 years. Islamic theology divides the world into two camps: the House of War and the House of Islam. As such, the jihad killings in the way of Allah and martyrdom are glorified as the Muslim’s highest calling. Jihadists proclaim this ubiquitously. Now the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, is merely reiterating it in describing the motives of one jihadi group, Boko Haram.
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President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Revd Samson Ayokunle, has said that killings across the country were as a result of moves to spread Sharia across the country as declared earlier by the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.
Ayokunle who spoke exclusively with Saturday Sun in Abuja on the sideline of the celebration of Europe Day, declared absolute support to John Cardinal Onaiyekan’s recent statement that the way Christians mobilized against corruption in the 2015 presidential election, the Christendom is going to mobilize against continued corruption and insecurity in the 2019 election.
According to Ayokunle, “The problem is people taking laws into their hands; people becoming sick about religious ideas, mentally sick, thinking that they will by force, sweep over every place and convert everybody to their religion because Abubakar Shekau didn’t mince words about his intention. He said it loud and clear that his intention was to establish Sharia from the north to the south, to the Atlantic Ocean.”
Taking a swipe at the security agencies, Ayokunle said “The security agencies were not helpless, but they didn’t do their work as they ought to do. Why should they be helpless? Is it because they were not given weapons? Was it because they were not trained? They were trained, they were given weapons. But what we see which we have been talking about is complicity.”
Ayokunle spoke on this and plans by CAN to ensure that the right person is voted into the presidency in 2019, which he said, will be “somebody in the mind of God.” AIDOGHIE PAULINUS conducted the interview.
During the 2018 first plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria in Abuja, you hinted that the Catholic Church would be returning to CAN. Have they returned fully?
Partially. Because they have joined us in the review of the constitution and that they didn’t do before. So, we are reviewing the new constitution together. Their promise was that they will be back fully when we finish with the constitution review because they believe that the new constitution will set the tone for the CAN of their dream…..