The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State has said that allegations against the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, and some Muslim leaders on the death of former Kaduna Governor, Patrick Yakowa, could impact negatively on peace and national security.
In a statement by its chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, the Christian body said sensitive documents like the ones purported to be from Bauchi meeting of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), an umbrella group for the Nigerian Muslim community, should be subjected to thorough security probe and trials.
According to the statement, the church and Yakowa’s family consider the allegation very serious with a possible adverse impact on the nation’s security.
The CAN insisted that the society’s discomfort and disagreements should not be enough reasons to approve the circulation of phoney and injurious statements against any perceived foe.
The statement read in part: “The danger of making this a media issue, instead of a legal and security issue that it ought to be, is that we stand to lose the most important point; that of bringing to justice persons accused to have wronged the law.
“There is a need for circumspection and care so that we do not throw our communities into further chaos in the rush to hang one man.
“The former Special Adviser on Religious Affairs to Yakowa recalled that when his principal died in an air crash, there was no inquiry to determine the cause of his death though the immediate and likely technical fault leading to the helicopter crash was investigated.
“We, the Christian community and indeed his immediate family acknowledged the tragedy, submitting to the will of God Almighty. For that purpose, there is no point, now or later, to open up what will not bring back our leader and father but rather open up old wounds in a very controversial manner.”