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Christian Leaders like Oyedepo, Apostle Suleman, promote Hate Speech – JNI



Christian Leaders like Oyedepo, Apostle Suleman, promoting Hate Speech - JNI - BellaNaija

From right: Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Sa’ad Abubakar III; Secretary-General, JNI, Khalid Abubakar; and the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi, during the JNI Annual Central Council meeting, in Kaduna, yesterday. Photo: Olu Ajayi, Vanguard.

An umbrella body for muslims in the country Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) has accused Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Christian leaders in the country of hate speech, Vanguard reports.

In a press conference in Kaduna on Sunday, the Secretary-General of JNI, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, accused Bishop Oyedepo and Apostle Suleman of promoting hate speech.

He accused both religious leaders of asking Christians to kill the Fulani people, and said the repercussion of their actions “could be better imagined.” He said:

In the same light, some Christian leaders promote hate speeches, such as “If you see a Fulani man, kill him,” by Pastor Suleman and “Crush them, kill them,” by pastor Oyedepo. The repercussion of such speeches could be better imagined.

In addition, Bishop Kukah’s hate speech against Muslims in Nigeria is legendary, as hardly would opportunity avail itself for him to talk without smearing Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.

CAN and other Christian leaders such as Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Pastor Oyedepo, Suleman and recently El Buba should not take Nigerian Muslims’ patience for foolishness, as their speeches are becoming really provocative and outlandish.

Therefore, CAN should desist from making provocative statements in the midst of serious issues bedeviling the nation.

The group added that the “herdsmen debacle” is an invention of CAN to perpetrate evil.

The group accused CAN of purposely overheating the herdsmen killings because 2019 is “around the corner.”

The “herdsmen” debacle must be understood that this is a mischievously invented by CAN over time and its biased errand boys among media practitioners to stereotype an ethnic group so as to achieve a pre-planned agenda.

Why is the whole herdsmen issue heightened now in 2018? Simply, CAN is unnecessarily overheating the polity because 2019 is around the corner.

Our take is that CAN should better go and register as a political party and contest election if they want to test their popularity.

We nonetheless make bold to say that CAN is deliberately covering up by using the “herdsmen” debacle as a franchise to perpetrate evil as witnessed in the Boko Haram tale.

JNI asked that the government arrest perpetrators of hate speech in the country, else it become a norm.

The group added that while it condemns the killings in the country, it believes a criminal should be treated as a criminal regardless of his ethnicity or religious affiliation.

Government should take the bull by the horn by prosecuting promoters of hate speeches in Nigeria, if not one day it will become a norm that cannot be challenged and one of the chief mongers of the hate speech is CAN as represented by Reverend Asake.

To put the record straight, JNI condemns killings of innocent souls wherever they happen and whoever is involved. JNI also condemns the generalization of criminals as representatives of the whole, thus leading to unjust stereotyping and name calling. We condemn all criminals, whoever they are and wherever they come from. A criminal should be treated as a criminal regardless of his/her ethnicity and/or religious affiliation.

Photo Credit: Old Ajayi for Vanguard


  1. queen kalu

    January 22, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    you guys must be very foolish and stupid…….. when the herdsmen are killing innocent citizens you people are happy…. God will punish you all

  2. Seriously

    January 22, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    For every reaction, there’s an action. Never seen a religion, group more hypocritical, violent, entitled, self righteous, protective even when they are dead wrong than Muslims and Hausas/fulanis. Christians are too but at least they own up to their sh#t and out in the open to see. Not these people, they will defend, justify, deflect, hide, pretend worse of all kill you silently with a clear conscience.

  3. NaSo

    January 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    U guys promote killing as seen by una nyamanyama silence as foolani herdsmen de kill de go….dos pastors de promote d hate of death-promoting lots like una and una errand militia aka foolani herdsmen.

    Jus so dat una rembrs cattle biz na private biz, una d pay d herdsmen to do d runnings…una d ask govt to grab land for una, d biz na government biz ni?

    Na so una carry DSS com d talk tori of ISIS and ko…wuruwuru pple

  4. John

    January 22, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    May the earth reject everybody involving(the fercilitators, sponsors, supporters and the killers) in the killings of the innocent souls . They generation shall know no peace IN JESUS’ NAME

  5. Elijah F

    January 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    It seems like this so called Islam do make people imbecile. Yr generations were killing and maiming people, of which you people turn deaf ears to, only for some of you to putvon big wigs on the head to say that people who are now saying they are Doing is wrong should be prosecuted ? How morally justified are you people. If you think that killing is the child birth of the Muslims and the fulanis, the Christians and other religion in this nation will show that we can use and even use the weapons well. We are in the 21st Century and not 7th century were yu are encourage d to kill people of other religion and this ones says they are killing BC of their cows just imagine, could a rational human being reason like that?. In fact Iam of the opinion that the FG legalise the use arms, so that when yu kill my brother and there is an immediate response people will understand not to rise to kill indiscrimnateky

  6. Angel

    January 22, 2018 at 9:23 pm


  7. Angel

    January 22, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    If anything happens to them, ……………At least/last we have seen the pictures of those supporting the herdsmen killings . And confiscation of indigents land. GOD WILL KEEP THEM SAFE. THEY CANNOT BE COWED LIKE ADESINA AND OSIBANJO

  8. Bayo

    January 22, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I just don’t understand these people kai, “…should not take Nigerian Muslims’ patience for foolishness, as their speeches are becoming really provocative and outlandish” what exactly does this mean please? will you go and gather more like you to go and kill them, bomb churches like they have been doing before or what exactly does this statement mean? @seriously couldn’t have said it better.

  9. Not true

    January 22, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Oyedepo rightly condemned the killings and acts of fulani herdsmen, he did not come out against muslims. So if anyone is stirring religious hatred it’s the JNI for misrepresenting what Oyedepo has said.

    • candid

      January 23, 2018 at 10:42 am

      i really dont understand what these guys are saying…. 2019 around the corner? Is that what is more evident than the blood being shed. No wonder nothing is bein done about it. How many times have these muslim leaders come up to talk about the bombings??? and how has the frown on the recent herdsmen killing translate to religious sentiments??? Now resources should employed to arrest those speaking against the evil acts of the fulani herdsmen, but the lives of the Nigerian who pay task, whose lives and livlihood is been taken should be taken fore granted. Haba! what else do you want the helpless Nigerians to say. Do we really have a father in the leaders. why would you want me to vote for someone that wont look oit for my beat interest. What mockery have you all suddenly turned our great nation into…. The blood of the innocent is crying…. the people are crying and God Must Answer…. If my people, who are called by name will humble themselves and pray,…… I will heaf fron heaven and heal their land….says the Lord God almighty.

  10. Mrs chidukane

    January 23, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Buhari has spoiled it for Hausa, especially Fulani Muslims. I can never support any one who fits this demographic for Presidency again. I know there will be good people amongst them but, trusting them will be another issue entirely.

  11. Damilola

    January 23, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    It baffles me how Northerners want to continue to rule Nigeria on being divisive, biased towards their own people and lawlessness. Also rule Nigeria in backwardness, blindness, and ignorance. This is 2018, the whole world is evolving. Other African countries are progressing. Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. None of these imams, northern leaders have outrightly condemn these atrocities. They preach hate speech and act on them. This is the reason education is important, what these pastors are saying is not hate speech, it’s called a defensive speech. I encourage these pastors, Christians, other ethnic groups to stand up and continue to let your voices be heard.
    Nigerians, the ball is in our court. We are not showing enough anger and frustration.

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