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Christians’ rights breached, says CAN

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CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria [CAN] has said  the section of Nigeria’s  constitution providing freedom of religious practice is being observed in breach.

CAN’s General Secretary, Engr Samuel Salifu, Salifu stated that the country’s Christians’ rights  to practice their faith in the northern part of the country is being breached.

“We are sincerely worried about this, particularly in the northern part of Nigeria where Muslims are governors and sharia has been legislated as a state law instead of personal laws. Christians have been denied this freedom of religion through government or state policies”, the CAN scribe.

Salifu also lashed at governors who profess Christianity but exhibit lukewarm attitude when it comes to defending their faith and putting into practice the Christian principles in governance.

“We meet in the Church. We hear sermons but when it comes to practical Christianity, we are no where to be found. We must stop our theoretical Christianity and go into practical”,  Salifu lamented.

In his speech, Dr. Uwaoma, President of the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF), queried why the Abia state government should continue to lay claims to the slogan of God’s own state given the controversial Okija Shrine saga during the legal battle between Governor Theodore Orji and PDP’s Onyema Ugochukwu.

“At the appeal court in Port Harcourt, our governor pleaded successfully that Okija shrine is his religion. That being an African, Okija shrine is his own form of African traditional religion. The judges agreed.

In a highly dramatised judgment, the judges ruled that he has the right to practise whatever form of religion he wanted. What this means to us in Abia State is that those who are governing us are idol worshippers”, Uwaoma said.

Both CAN and NCGF spoke at the weekend in Aba, Abia State, at the 34th Annual National Conference of Christian Graduates Association.
According toNigerians should try to avoid those things that will divide them and embrace the virtues that will unite them.

file CAN September 4, 2009

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