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JNI attacks Wike over claims of Rivers being Christian state

By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA —Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs also known as Jama’atul Nasrul Islam, JNI, has faulted remarks by Governor Nyesom Wike that Rivers is a Christian state, saying such remarks were inconsistent with a governor’s Oath of Office.

Wike made the remarks at a crusade organised by Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Ministries in Port-Harcourt, weekend, adding that he owed no one apology for saying so.

Speaking in a chat with Vanguard in Abuja, yesterday, Mallam Ibrahim Aselemi, JNI’s spokesman, said: “The leadership of JNI has borne these utterances of the Rivers State governor with philosophical patience; hoping  will realise his errors.


“But the latest outburst by the governor has become a source of worry to the Supreme Council because we believe the statements are divisive, Islamophobic, undemocratic, unconstitutional, inconsistent with his Oath of Office. They are, to a large extent, hate speech.”

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

When our correspondent contacted CAN’s spokesman, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, he declined comments, saying a response to JNI’s allegation of conspiracy of silence on the part of the leadership of the church in Nigeria could heat up the polity unnecessarily.

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However, a top Christian cleric, who does not want his name published, told Vanguard that JNI could equally be considered guilty of a similar conspiracy of silence when it purportedly shied away from criticising the imposition of Sharia law in the North and the lopsided appointments by Northern governors which favour Muslims.


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