The Special Adviser on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina on Saturday came under fire for attacking the Christians Association of Nigeria, (CAN).
A Coalition of 25 Christian Non-Governmental Organisations have asked Adesina to stop using his office to attack the leadership of the CAN: “if he cannot join them in condemning the ongoing Christian persecutions in the country”.
Adesina, in his opinion titled, ‘Beheaded Adamawa pastor: CAN got it mixed up’ tackled the religious body for according to him insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement jointly issued by the National Coordinator of the Christian body, Bro Isaac Okonkwo and the National Secretary, Bro Garba Yohanna said replied Adesina that, he is not sincere with his words adding that: “It is an open knowledge that terrorists and their kinsmen, Fulani herdsmen have turned many predominantly Christian communities into killing fields.
This is too obvious to be disputed except to the insincere and mischievous minds like Adesina. While the genocide in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba States was at the peak, which had led to mass burials of the victims, Adesina was too busy travelling from Europe to America to say a word in defence of the victims and to sympathise with the bereaved. Instead, he was mandated to change the narrative from the Fulani herdsmen killings to Farmers-Herders clashes as if those people who were being killed were as armed as their attackers”.
It went further that: “Our attention has been drawn to an opinion written by Adesina, titled, “BEHEADED ADAMAWA PASTOR: CAN GOT IT MIXED UP” where Adesina thoughtlessly and gleefully spared no words in lashing out at the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) which, technically speaking, he is a member as an elder in the Four Square Church.
“While we will not speak for CAN, we as concerned citizens in the Body of Christ in Nigeria view his uncouth and untamed attacks as reminiscent of the counsel of the wisest man of all centuries, King Solomon, who says “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit” (Proverbs 26:4-5). The latter wisdom is applicable here.
“We note with great sadness that Femi Adesina, a Christian elder in the Body of Christ, and a presidential aide, a journalist of no mean reputation is now wearing the infamous crown as one of the staunchest defenders of the atrocious killings and maiming of Nigerians, especially Christians under the present administration.
“Ordinarily, Adesina should not deserve a rejoinder because he has chosen lucre over sincere burden of agony of antagonized and killed Christians which CAN bears in defending and justifying the daily slaughtering and dehumanisation of Christians in Nigeria, especially in the Northern part of the country. But he should be rebuked for his pretension and mediocrity which betray genuine Christ-like character.
“As an elder of his church, do we need to remind him and his co- travellers that when Mordecai foresaw the genocidal plan of Hamaan against the people of God, he did not turn a blind eye to it or pretend as if all his well but instead alerted his niece, the Queen, Esther, who today would have been called the First Lady. The duo not only rose up against the plot but ensured the ungodly verdict was reversed but the mastermind was made to face the consequences. But Adesina does not have time to study the book of Esther otherwise we would have advised him to learn from Mordecai.
“So to Femi Adesina, the Christian persecutions in the country are figments imagination of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria? And for CAN to cry out is akin to acting the opposition script?
Femi Adesina is a big disgrace to Christianity and especially his Denomination Four Square Church. It’s high time his GO and church leadership call him to order
If CAN has become an opposition to the government that turns a deaf ear to their SOS because “The insecurity in the country is not about any religion. It is pure evil, from the pit of hell”, are the EU Parliament and the US Government playing the opposition also?
“Those who have been killed by the terrorists were killed because they were Christians and they refused to be converted. So, it is not true that Andini’s death should be seen like any other human being. Yes, it is true that Andini is a human being and no human being should be so treated. Yet, Andini’s murder was because of his faith. CAN was correct in making that allegation. According to the information available to us, the killer of Rev Andimi had begged him (Rev Andini) in vain to be converted to Islam before slaughtering him. These murderers always recite some portions of the Quran before killing their victims. Whether they are misrepresenting Islam or not, is another thing but claiming that the menace of terrorism has nothing to do with religion is the only narrative acceptable to the Nigerian government”.
The statement said: “CAN’s demand for the overhauling of the security agencies with a view to balancing the religious factor of their heads, is a noble course and it is justifiable. Those who are slaughtering our members and those who are managing our security apparatus share same faith. We are aware that General Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe-Ibas are good Christians but they are minority at the Security Council of the country.
“So, it is true that we have two Christians among the service chiefs but the Chief of Defence Staff has no troop while the Chief of Naval Staff does not command the soldiers fighting the terrorists. All the security agencies like the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Air Force, the State Security Services, the National Intelligence Agency, the Defence Intelligence Agency who are deeply involved in the war against the Islamic extremists are all headed by Muslims. Is Adesina ignorant of this truth or playing ostrich?
“What CAN is asking the President to do is not new at all. We remember President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, who sacked his security chiefs after 89 soldiers were killed by terrorists in January, 2020 but to the likes of Adesina, it is not a big deal. The fact that CAN is even calling for a total overhauling of the security architecture despite the fact that two Christians are among should not attract condemnation of a sane mind but applause”.
The group dared the Federal Government to publish names of all the security agencies including their religions adding that: “this will expose who is not sincere between the Federal Government and the leadership of CAN. Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has said it all about the common denominator between the government and the Boko Haram terrorists. Let those who have ears hear. The reasons why the likes of Adesina will continue to attack the highest Christian body is because they are government appointees and also because none of their relations have a victim of terror attacks”.