Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has berated comments by the Christian Association of Nigeria over the beheading of Rev Lawan Andimi, by terrorists.
The murder of Rev Andimi who was the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Michika Local Government, Adamawa State, had led the CAN President, Rev Supo Ayokunle to criticize the federal government for colluding with insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria.
“In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal Government is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria, bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region.”
Reacting, Adesina called the statement shameful and ridiculous, saying “these are the things that sow malice and animosity in the country, and a Christian body is not expected to be involved in such. You can’t sow discord, and expect concord.”
Also speaking on CAN demand that Buhari should dismiss all security chiefs and asking his government to purge itself, Adesina said, “Are you saying under a different leadership of our security forces, insurgency will vanish after they wave their fingers? Why mix the wheat and chaff together?
“In the leadership of the security forces as we have it now, is the position of Chief of Defence Staff not held by General Abayomi Olonisakin, who is also a pastor? Is he not a member of CAN? Is the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, not a Christian, and under the banner of CAN? Listening to the organization, you would think not even half a Christian is in the leadership of the security forces.
“This kind of sentiment breeds hatred and malice in a country, and CAN should not be involved in such, for Jesus would not do it. And we’ve been called to walk in His steps.
If the leadership of the security forces would be changed, it is a sitting President that has the prerogative. It will not happen when CAN begins to make such demand in what should be a sober condolence press statement. Don’t mix bias and sympathy. They don’t mesh.”