A viral video on social media where an Islamic cleric was heard urging Muslims in Taraba state to stand up and take over political power, has been condemned by the Christian Association of Nigeria.
The State CAN Chairman, Rev. Isaiah Magaji-Jirapye, in a statement released on Sunday May 29, said the video is part of the plot to destroy the peace Taraba is enjoying.
Jirapye added that the state has a long-standing history of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims.
The statement read;
“The attention of the Taraba State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has been drawn to several video clips of Islamic Clerics from outside Taraba State, threatening religious war and the establishment of a sharia Islamic government in Taraba over the recent APC governorship primaries in the state in which a Christian, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha was announced the winner.
“The messages of these clerics stand condemned by all reasonable individuals. We call for their immediate arrest and question why they are interested in setting up Taraba in flames.
“Our tolerance has been why we are still exempted from the religious carnage ongoing in some states. We urge the APC to settle their party issues without bringing in religion.
“CAN is not a partisan organisation but has observed with dismayed the threats on Christians in Taraba State and an attempt to instigate religious unrest from some Islamic Clerics from across Nigeria.
“CAN in Taraba state and indeed well-meaning Nigerians are shocked that a purely political party affair could be given a religious colouration and draws such segregation capable of destabilizing the entire nation”
Intelligence agencies and the federal government were also urged to expedite actions and apprehend and prosecute the individuals in the videos before they throw Taraba state and Nigeria into avoidable bloodshed.