INTERVIEW: How Southern Kaduna Crisis can be resolved – Methodist Church leader

Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu is the Primate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai
Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu is the Primate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Q: Sir we want you to tell us the purpose of your coming to Kaduna.

Kanu: The purpose of my visit is mainly to commiserate with the governor over what has happened in Jema’a Local Government and other Local Governments in Southern Kaduna.

It is unnecessary, it is callous, and it is dastardly for anybody to take human life. That bothers on intolerance. Everybody must learn to live together as people called Nigerians irrespective of our religion, our tribes or ethnic cleavages. We should avoid religious bigotry, we should avoid chauvinism and casting slur on others as if they are inferior. This nation is our common inheritance and we should promote love. 

If we are talking about the economy, there can be no growth in our economy without peace. There can be no movement without peace. We need peace, we need togetherness, we need love.

In fact if we remember the origins of our religions, I was told when I went to Israel that all these religions came from one father; Abraham or Ibrahim; Christianity came from Ibrahim, Islam came from Ibrahim, all these religions came from Ibrahim so why should we quarrel. And that man is known as the father of faith? Have we ever heard that Abraham killed? So why should we be killing and slaughtering ourselves in the name of God or Allah or Jesus? 

Gov. El Rufai in Southern Kaduna (Photo Credit: AUTHENTIC News Daily)
Gov. El Rufai in Southern Kaduna (Photo Credit: AUTHENTIC News Daily)

The Bible says you shall not kill and I know that Quran says the same so why should we kill, why should we destroy property? I believe those are misguided elements in the society who use religion to achieve their selfish goals. And it is high time we pray that God should expose these people no matter who they are and no matter how highly placed they are. If we can fish them out and confine them somewhere Nigeria will move on.

I don’t see why I would be uncomfortable with Islamic prayer; I will never be uncomfortable with it. And I don’t know why my brother Imam or a Muslim will be uncomfortable with a Christian prayer. Are we calling on idols? The point is that we are not living by what we are teaching. We read the Bible, we read the Quran and see everything they say about brotherliness and about love but we go around to do another thing. We are not to hate one another.

Q. There has been religious bodies that have been taking partisan stand on this issue. How will your church help in uniting the people and solving the problem?

Kanu: Our church is not in support of that. Even what I heard from the Ulamas and CAN they accuse one another that does not help us. CAN should not accuse Ulamas, Ulamas should not accuse Christians. They should work together for peace.

Q. What is your message to Nigerians especially followers of the two religions?

Kanu: My message is that we should tell our people that peace is more rewarding that crisis. Crisis is destructive, crisis is like tsunami, it’s like wild wind that does nobody good and affects everybody. So can do well in an atmosphere of peace devoid of bitterness and rancour that is what I advocate.


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  • Kallah Bature

    We need more of such peace advocates like Primate C.Kanu.The word Islam translates in to peace as well and is explicitly clear on how to relate with people of the book(e.g Christians).My belief is that corruption can unimaginably fight dirty.After using several means by people who feel threatened by the fight against corruption,they now try using religion to ignite fire in the country.Using Christians against Muslims in Nigeria is the easiest tool to divert attention from the collosal looting they inflicted on our common wealth.

    • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

      Bature, why are you guys haters of the truth? What does it cost you guys to speak in the favor of the truth. Which party and politicians where responsible for the Kaduna uprising during obj presidency, jos massacre, Boko Haram uprising in 2009,zango kattaf in the 80s,ombatse in 2013, killing of Gideon akaluka, Miss World Abuja riots during obj presidency, etc. Why is it hard for you guys to condemn the murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen simply because Buhari is a Fulani.
      May God request the blood of the victims from you and your generation unborn.

      • Kay

        My Brother, God will bless you two times. How Nigerians think really baffles me. It is the Christians that will, carry placards, give long interviews and stand in front of cameras and talk about living together in peace, when Christians have been slaughtered.

        The killers, the Muslim north, will never do this when their people are killed. They take action, even when the initial violence is their fault.

        Thanks @Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria for being reasonable jare.

  • Paul Irumundomon

    The only only solution is revenge, before muslims force Nigerian christians to renounce their religion and stop killings of pregnant women and children of Christian faith. No more and no less, the pastor in ekiti has started it.

    • Sir Demo

      Were! Digbolugi!

      • paul irumundomon

        Affront, name it and pastor from ekiti has opened the gate, many more are going to follow.. watch out

    • Absolutely Sane

      Oponu alainironu. Omo ale ti ko ni iran. Probably because you have lost all your relatives during biafra war, why wouldn’t you want religious crisis so that others can loose theirs too. But instead of that to happen, na you go join your relatives that died during biafra war without anybody accompanying you.

      • paul irumundomon

        Your name described who you are, insane oerson.The fulani herdsmen are coming to your family, when they do come, they will spare nobody, if you alone survived their killing spree, come back here as the only surviver, and give theme thanks, for killing your entire family, because that is what they are going to do.
        Pastor suleman has spoken, revenge and reverence, herdsmen are not the only one, who know’s where ak47 is sold. Before the day is over, another pastor, will join him, that is what is going to happen.

        • Truth Konveyor

          Nonsense! What are you waiting for? Put on your armour and go out there and commit suicide. Please do not take anybody along. Not even the lizards will cry at your graveyard. That is only if the vultures reject your repugnant corpse.

      • Kay

        Do you have any idea about the fact that a US congress report shows that Nigeria is now the most unsafe place in the world for Christians to live in?

        Your intolerance is pretty unfortunate.