The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State branch, has urged the State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to stay away from making “reckless” statements that could further contribute in creating division among the residents along religious and ethnic lines.
The reaction from CAN is as a result of a comment made by the Governor while featuring on a live Channels TV morning programme known as Sunrise Daily in which he had stated that Muslims make up 70 per cent of the population in the state while Christians were only 30 per cent, Leadership reports.
Annoyed by the governor’s assertion, the Christian group refuted the claim, adding that the governor’s statement was powerful enough to split the people of the state along religious lines.
Speaking to journalists in Kaduna State, CAN Secretary Rev. Sunday Ibrahim, opposed the governor’s claim, explaining that statistics have proven that the population of Christians in the state is even higher by five percent. According to the scribe of CAN, Kaduna state branch,
“It is very surprising to hear that coming out from the Governor. What I know is that there are data that could be made available to whoever that cares to see.
“We are very surprised that a leader could come out to say what he says, because the Christian and Muslim population is about 50/50. Some data show that Christians are 55 per cent and Muslim are 45 per cent in terms of population.
“We are surprised that the governor could come out to say Muslims have 70 per cent population of Kaduna State while Christians have 30 per cent.
“He should have verified his facts before coming out to make the statement on a national television.
“We stand to say no to that very pronouncement from the governor. We don’t accept that to be true.”
“The statement by the governor has the tendency of further dividing the State along religious line. Such statements could ignite problems in the State. As a governor he should try to verify issue that are very sensitive before voicing it out to the public”.