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CAN Rejoices With Muslims at Sallah, Calls on NSCIA to Rein in Extremists


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has rejoiced with the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and all Muslims in the country as they celebrate the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan, wishing the entire Ummah Eid Mubarak.
In the statement signed by the Association’s Secretary, Bade Daramola Joseph, it also called on the apex muslim association to rein in its members who tend towards extremism out of faulty understanding of the tenets of the Islamic religion.
Quoting the Holy Koran, the Association noted that the fast was in obedience to divine injunction   “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183 and prayed that God answers the prayers offered throughout the month. 
“We appeal to the leadership of NSCIA to continue to advise and caution the extremists who are not well grounded in the faith and whose wicked and ungodly actions are giving bad names to Islam.
“It is trite to know that no godly person will engage in the promotion of violence, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism or identify with the perpetrators. 
“We pray that the aftermath of this year Ramadan will usher in peace and unity into the country. 
“We recognise and appreciate the ‘efforts’ that are being made by the Police and other security agencies towards ensuring peaceful celebrations.
May God put His fears into the hearts of our leaders to promptly do what is right, justly, and godly. 
“We also pray that those who have compromised and are compromising the security in the country will have a change of mind and those who  refused to  change will be exposed and sanctioned by the Almighty God Himself. 
The Christian Association also pledged not to relent in promoting religious tolerance, peace and unity in our country in collaboration with NSCIA genuinely.
“We remain partners in peace making. Let us continue working together for peace, unity and progress of the country. 
“Our heart goes to the families and Friends of those who are bereaved especially as a result of senseless and unwarranted killings in the country. May God console and comfort them all.

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