The video, which has been circulated on social media in which a Muslim cleric urging Muslims in the Taraba region to stand up for politics, has been criticized by the Christian Association of Nigeria.
CAN CAN State Chairman, Rev. Isaiah Magaji-Jirapye, in a statement issued on Sunday, May 29, said the video was part of a plot to disrupt the peace enjoyed by Taraba.
Jirapye added that the state has a long history of religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims.
The statement read as follows;
“The attention of the Taraba State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria was drawn from video clips of Muslim clerics from outside the Taraba region, threatening religious war and the establishment of a sharia Islamic state in Taraba over recent APC primaries in which a Christian, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha was declared the winner.
“The messages of these clergymen are being silenced by every sensible person. We ask that they be arrested immediately and ask why they are interested in setting up Taraba on fire.
“Our tolerance has been the reason why we are still being chased away from ongoing religious incidents in other provinces. We urge the APC to resolve their party’s problems without bringing religion.
“CAN is not a non-partisan organization but has been disillusioned with the threats against Christians in Taraba State and its attempts to escalate religious unrest from other Muslim clerics from across Nigeria.
“CAN in Taraba province and well-meaning Nigerians are shocked that the story of a political party can be given a religious dimension and draw such divisions that can disgrace the entire nation.”
Intelligence agencies and the coalition government have also been urged to speed up the process and arrest and prosecute the people in the video before throwing the Taraba and Nigeria provinces into preventable bloodshed.