Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /home/skomedia/public_html/gatekeeper.ng/wp-content/plugins/td-cloud-library/state/single/tdb_state_single.php on line 285

Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /home/skomedia/public_html/gatekeeper.ng/wp-content/plugins/td-cloud-library/state/single/tdb_state_single.php on line 285

Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /home/skomedia/public_html/gatekeeper.ng/wp-content/plugins/td-cloud-library/state/single/tdb_state_single.php on line 285

Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /home/skomedia/public_html/gatekeeper.ng/wp-content/plugins/td-cloud-library/state/single/tdb_state_single.php on line 285

Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /home/skomedia/public_html/gatekeeper.ng/wp-content/plugins/td-cloud-library/state/single/tdb_state_single.php on line 285

Buhari’s Ban: It Is Shiites Today, It May Be Catholic Tomorrow -Onaiyekan

Date:

Catholic’s Cardinal John Onaiyekan said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s proscribing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, is a step taken too far and it is a bad omen for Catholics living in Nigeria too.

Speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Onaiyekan said the government crackdown is unjust and a move that sets a worrying precedent for religious freedom in the country.

“Nobody is safe: today it’s the Shiites, tomorrow it could be us Catholics too,” he said.

Cardinal Onaiyekan explained that recently, for the government in Nigeria, the question of Shiite Muslims has become an issue.

He said IMN followers have been holding protests to demand the release of their Leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained in prison for the last four years.

Various Tribunals and Courts, he noted, have ordered that he be released, and the government has refused to obey the courts’ order.

Thus, Cardinal Onaiyekan said, the established Sunni majority in Nigeria “doesn’t want to recognize that the Shiites are also Muslims, and because of this the government treats them with serious violence”.

He said the Shiites have been holding almost daily protests in the streets of Abuja for over a month.

“From my own understanding, the protests were always peaceful and we never saw them armed,” he said.

And yet, he noted, the government Soldiers and Policemen have attacked them with arms, rubber bullets, and tear-gas canisters.

“As for us Catholics”, the cardinal said, “we are deeply concerned about this development: “if the government can influence a Court to declare a religious group proscribed, then nobody is safe – today it is the Shiites, tomorrow it might be us Catholics too.”

He added: “Personally my own position is that we cannot keep quiet and allow this kind of thing to keep going on”.

“If the Shiites break the law of the land they should be held accountable,” the Cardinal said, “but to simply proscribe them, it is going too far.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Subscribe

spot_imgspot_img

SAT Home Teachers Ld

spot_imgspot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

Noah’s Ark, X3M Ideas Shine at 2022 LAIF Awards

It was a night of honours, recognition and celebration of creative excellence at the 2022 Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF) Awards, where Noah’s Ark Communications and X3M Ideas stole the limelight.

Yobe North: Bashir Machina Remains As APC Candidate, Appeal Court Rules

he Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

FG Is Merciless – UI ASUU

ASUU Chairman, UI Chapter, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, who addressed students and journalists during the rally, said it is a peaceful protest.

Adeleke Directs Heads of LGAs To Take Over From Sacked Council Chairmen

The directive is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed.