Shiite Killings: Nigerian Christian leaders condemn Iranian analyst for “dangerous statement”

The National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, has described as falsehood, the recent allegation of a conspiracy between the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN , the Boko Haram sect and the military in the recent clash between soldiers and Muslim Shiites in Zaria.

Scores of Shiites were killed a fortnight ago by soldiers who accused them of trying to kill the army chief, and later of incessantly blocking public roads.

In a statement signed by its chairman, Solomon Asemota, the forum described the allegation by an analyst on Iran’s Press TV as sheer absurdity aimed at igniting a conflict between Christians and Shiite Muslims in Nigeria.

“The National Christian Elders Forum wishes to refute publicly and stridently that there is no iota of truth in a video report credited to an Iranian television station in which an Iranian lecturer posited that a “triangle of evil” composing of the Nigerian Army, Boko Haram, and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have combined to destroy Shiites in Nigeria!”

“Apart from its sheer absurdity, this dangerous statement should not be dismissed because it is calculated to beat the drums of war in far away Iran to mobilize Muslim Shiites to attack Nigerian Christians”, the statement said.

The forum also noted that the country, and especially Christians have suffered tremendously in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group, which it says is made up of Sunni Muslims and added that all efforts must be geared towards avoiding a Shiite-based Islamic sect in the country.

It further called on President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid any form of coalition with the Saudi Arabian Government against ISIS.

It alleged that such a move would be considered a betrayal of trust to Nigerians and a dangerous signal of coalition against the Shiites in the country.

“Nigeria is neither an Islamic nor an Arab nation”.

“The President promised Nigerians before his election that he is now a democrat and has no intention of imposing Sharia or any form of religious domination on the nation”.

“If Nigeria should participate in the Saudi Arabia led coalition, it would be a negation of all that the President promised before his election. Such a denial would be a terrible betrayal of the trust that Nigerians from all over the country reposed in President Buhari”, the statement noted.

The NCEF called on the president to maintain a neutral ground, on what it described as “international contentious issues.”

“If Nigeria should identify in any way with the Saudi Arabia led coalition, it would send provocative signal to Iran, the main backer of Shiites that Nigeria has aligned itself with Saudi Arabia (Sunni) to the detriment of the Shiites in Nigeria.

“It is imperative that Nigeria maintains its neutral, non aligned status on internationally contentious issues, whether it is politics, ideologies, or religion”, the statement said.

The NCEF, in its statement also claimed that religious tolerance has become the bane of northern Nigeria and called on traditional, political, religious, academic, as well as business leaders of the region to swing into action to reverse the trend.

“Lasting peace can only exist in an environment where justice, equality, and fairness reign. Northern Nigeria has to imbibe the spirit and the letter of Section 38 (1) of the 1999 Constitution that guarantees freedom of religious belief”, the statement noted.

The NCEF also expressed regret for the incessant loss of lives to various forms of violence, mostly in northern Nigeria.


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  • Ashibogu

    I wonder how members of the Northern elite class manage to get a good night rest in sleep with all that is going on in their region? It bothers me that they are unable to find solutions to the myriad of socio economic and political challenges that confront the region. It is a sad, very very sad development.

    • umolu

      You don’t need to wonder! The army spokesman, Col Usman,not long ago said some highly placed government officials in Borno and Adamawa are working against the military to keep the Boko Haram insurgency unwinnable so that they can continue to benefit from it.Many of the so called northern leaders in the Boko Haram enclave have no souls.With the sunni and the shiites clashing all over the middle east and now extending it to Nigeria, a non Arab country, only the future will tell. One thing the the whole world knows at the moment is that while not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are muslims.

      • egoigwe

        Don’t be silly. Is Henry Okah Muslim or his brother Charles??? I see you consider them Militants, yes??? Well, one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.

        • Ways Inc

          But terrorist is different freedom fighter. Have you watch the film called SARAFINA? The film talks about Mandela’s freedom from prison and all expression dis not terrorize the nation of South Africa, but when we talk about terrorist, is simply means if you don’t accept my idea you must be dealt with or even to the point of death. So that is the difference between the two. God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria. God Bless Me And You. God is Working.

    • Kickboxer

      Northern ELite class? You mean those you admitted to university on 60 cutoff? I am beginning to think that the problem with Nigeria is STUPIDITY of Southern Nigerians……how can an intelligent expect a person to be intelligent after admitting him/her on 100 cutoff mark? Then they go around referring to such cutoff products as NORTHERN ELITE!!!

      Yesoooo, soon people would begin to interpret the word “ELITE”….don’t because I consider all of such people as mumus

  • B. Messi

    The APC regime have opened Pandora’s Box with the massacre of the shiites at the residence of their leader and their places of worship.
    This is an ill wind that will blow no one any good….

  • evidence

    Buhari is fighting boko haram,fighting IPOB, fighting political enemies, fighting Niger delta militants and now he has managed to draw Iran into the mix. A good and sound military man does not open himself to conflict on all fronts.
    Buhari has bitten off more than he can chew . ‎

    • Truthometer

      That is your shallow comprehension of the issues at hand. When the Iranians were running arms and ammunitions into the country during Jonathan government, what did he do? Nothing! PMB is not complaining to you. He is capable of handling the affairs of government, including external and internal enemies. People like you are waiting for bad news to happen to Nigeria during his tenure. You shall all be put to shame.

      • Abdulazeez Oyibo

        Ameen.

      • Abdullah Musa

        Ameen.

    • SamPsalm

      Very few countries have citizens ready to sell it off – at every opportunity. Citizens who do not even know when they are under attack by another country and need to band together to survive first before continue their perpetual localized quarrels. I say shame

      • Abdullah Musa

        Quite right.

    • Abdullah Musa

      And you have to help him chew.
      All these are imposed by enemies.
      Wherever you may be my brother, wherever you may go, you have to sleep with one eye open.
      Devils are always awake to make sure you don’t live in peace.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Shi’a must be contained in the broader fight against insurgence otherwise the government would end up with same problem after Boko haram. Incidentally Mohammed Yusuf the founder of Boko Haram was indeed a shi’a but hid under Sunni to gain the needed popularity he used to kill innocent Muslims and non Muslims alike. How can one explain his Sunni background when his ideology is similar to shi’a? He killed only Sunni ulama’s and never for once ever killed a single shi’a?

    • Nura Nuhu Haruna

      Fact

      • Rommel

        Time has come for Nigerian Muslims to throw away religious bias and begin to see Nigeria as our homeland with Christians as brothers,the loyalty of Muslims should be to Nigeria and not to any other entity or deity,let that one be personal between man and his God but collectively,let us be our brothers keeper.

    • egoigwe

      And are the Sunnis being contained in the broader fight against Boko Haram???

  • International games

    Can a Nigerian President deploy Nigerian troops abroad WITHOUT authorization from House of Assembly, Abuja?

    • Abdulazeez Oyibo

      Please remind them.Those with understanding might profit from it. Even the democracy they applaud, they cannot apply.

    • egoigwe

      The House in Abuja is called House of Representatives, those in States are called Houses of Assembly. To answer your question; No, Mr. President cannot.

  • Excisionist

    ” an Iranian lecturer posited that a “triangle of evil” composing of the Nigerian Army, Boko Haram, and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have combined to destroy Shiites in Nigeria! ”

    Please forgive them. They wanted to write – the Nigerian Army, Boko Haram, and Sunni Muslims of Nigeria have combined to destroy Shiites in Nigeria!

    I hope the Shiite of Nigeria maintain their discipline and through that teach Iran what religious tolerance means. That country has been described as “evil” by the US and has a record in the suppression of Christianity, Judaism and other religions while promoting hypocrisy

  • MushinSpeaks

    Iran should respect the sovereignty of Nigeria and stop peddling inciting statement. Nigeria is not a lawless country where some group of people will turn themselves into demi gods. CHANGE is here to stay.

  • Oh!

    Nigerians are siick and tired of all these shiite! It is always one shiite or the other. Take all these shiite and get out of Nigeria with it. We are secular. We can only tolerate so much shiite for so long.

  • Rommel

    As a pragmatist,I will like to view this development in a positive light,it is a lesson to Nigerian Muslims how they are viewed by Iran and other SHIA people meaning now that this is a great opportunity for them to team up with Christians by uniting for the sake of the country.

  • ajakija

    Most conflicts in the Middle East are between Sunnis and Shias. For example Iraq under Saddam fought a war with Iran because Iranians are mostly Shias, while Saddam’s tribe is Sunni. Back in Iraq, Saddam had his own opposition from tribes that are Shias, and the U.S. helped the Shias kill Saddam’s two sons, and ultimately Saddam himself. Then most able-bodied Sunni men fled to Syria for safety, and there formed Islamic State (IS). The IS members who are of Iraqi returned to Iraq with the IS message, so IS became Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The lesson here is that the Shia issue in Nigeria should not be taken for granted. Most Nigerian muslims are Sunni like Buhari, and the Shias are trying to show they are being neglected. The presidency did not even care to make an official statement about the recent Shia killings. I think if they repressed too much there is the risk that they could form a Boko Haram type group.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Yorubas should stop dragging Nigerians and other ethnic groups ati Christian bodies into the evil plan of Buhari—-We have had enough of the troubles the Muslims are bringing into Nigeria—right from 1960—————-That is why we call for separation—There was no sense in the killings—And Buhari has kept quiet since that sad event—for reasons best known to him and the Apes in APC-Yesterday there was no conflict between thehiites and Sunnis in the Middle East until the USA took advantage os the differences between Shiites and Sunnis–

  • e_orpheus

    The words of this lecturer help explain why our security forces are not letting me Zakzaky off anytime soon.
    Triangle of evil, collusion among boko haram, CAN and army. Imagine the ridiculous analysis.
    While he was pinned down in his home we have no reports of him calling the police, instead he is holding a conversation with his allies in Iran. If this is the mindset of Zakzaky’s close allies you can only imagine what goes on in his own head and what the group he leads is capable of quickly metamorphosing into.