By EmekaÂ Mamah
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states and Abuja has alleged what it described as gross marginalisation and discrimination against Christians from the area in key Federal Government establishments.
In a communique yesterday at the end of its meeting in Kaduna, CAN urged Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in order to reverse the trend.
Northern CAN Secretary, Elder Saidu Dogo, read the communiquÃ© which also decried the persistent killings in Jos and warned that there may never be peace in Plateau state as long as the GOC, Major. Gen. Saleh Maina, continues to retain that position.
According to CAN, “we blame the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen. Danbazzau, for not investigating the allegations of bias leveled against the GOC and for allowing him to continue to create tension in Jos.
“The Christian community in Jos no longer trusts his ability to be fair and just to all. This is evident in the series of killings that are going on in some parts of Jos”, the communiquÃ© said.
“It went on: “There is a grand design to exclude Christians from appointments in some key government parastatals and institutions, especially in places like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which is the bed rock of the Nigerian economy, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), which grooms young Nigerians to serve in the military.
“It is also unfortunate that the NDA, an institution that grooms young Nigerians to serve in the nationâ€™s military, is gradually becoming an institution which discriminates against Christians as most Christian candidates are being denied admission.
“Even in some states in the north that are predominantly Christians, Muslim candidates are more favoured.
“This, to us, is part of the plots by the powers that be to continue to dominate and marginalize northern Christians and make these institutions exclusive preserve of Muslims in spite of the fact that the Nigerian constitution provides for the reflection of federal character in all ramifications in terms of appointments and employment in every federal establishment.
“For instance, at the NNPC, from the Group Managing Director (GMD) and 14 top hierarchy policy makers of the corporation, there is no single Christian from the north. We have attached here a list of the top management of the NNPC to buttress this point.
‘EFCC probe of Fashola okay’
THE move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to look into the allegations of financial impropriety levelled against Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State by a group under the name, â€˜True Face of Lagosâ€™, has been described as a welcome development.
Mr. Richard Akinnola, the man who took the state House of Assembly to court two months ago over its planned probe of Fashola, said the EFCC probe is in line with the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Fawehinmi v. inspector_general of police that a sitting governor can be investigated.
“There is no doubt that the planned House of Assembly probe is tainted with bias and prejudice, designed to achieve a pre_determined end”, Akinnola said in a statement yesterday.
However, though the petitioners and their sponsors to the EFCC, according to him, are under a false illusion that the EFCC probe is against Governor Fashola, he is of the firm belief that the EFCC probe is an inadvertent probe of both Fashola and Tinubu governments.