Christian Group Threatens Lawful Action Against Ganduje
By Our Reporter
The Christian Rights Agenda (CRA) has condemned in the strongest terms the forceful and provocative conversion of Christian girls from Christianity to Islam by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
CRA made this known in a statement issued by its Interim Publicity Director, Tom Chiamen.
In the statement, which a copy was made available to this medium, CRA noted with concern that since he became governor in 2015, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has made it a state policy to embark on what CRA described as “mass conversion of indigenous Hausa Christians using money and coercion every Friday.”
It added that indigenous Hausa Christians in Kano state have been subjugated under Ganduje’s administration and are denied their rights and privileges as citizens.
CRA said a clear example is the denial of scholarships to Christian students studying in tertiary institutions in and outside Kano state.
“Many Hausa Christians have also been denied employment opportunities and live in perpetual fear as second class citizens.
“Despite clear improvement in infrastructure in Kano state, Christian dominated parts of Kano metropolis are still in their pre-1999 ruinous conditions.
“But expending state resources for jihad inspired conversion of Christian minors by force, tricks, intimidation, threats and all kinds of backward means, is the most annoying insult indigenous Christians of Kano state are forced to live with under Ganduje.”
The group described it as lame, the explanation by the governor that the teenage girls in question are pagans and not Christians as according to CRA, it is not tenable because pagans don’t bear Biblical names such as Rebecca.
While demanding for the return of the girls and many others to their parents, CRA warned that failure to do that, it would be left will be left with no option than to institute a legal action against the Kano state government in addition to reporting him to the International community including the International Criminal Court, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the governments of the United States of America, Britain and the European Union.
CRA also called on President Muhammadu Buhari and all men and women of goodwill to rein in Governor Ganduje to desist from his mission and release the girls and many other forcefully abducted and converted to Islam.
CRA described it as very disheartening that the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, and the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Chief Audu Ogbeh, who are both Christians have remained silent over this dangerous path being treaded by Ganduje.
“The deafening silence by Governor Lalong and Chief Ogbeh at this time is never golden and may be construed to be acquiescence. It is time they come out and talk.
“The Governor’s action portends great danger to the fragile unity, peace and stability of Nigeria as a nation.”
Also reacting, ECWA General Secretary, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu Jnr described the governor’s action in the video as betraying the trust of governance entrusted to him by Kano people who to the best of his knowledge are not only Muslims.
Said he: “How could a governor voted in by Christians, Muslims and people of no faith use his official position to the advantage of his own religion.
Is he not supposed to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? And doesn’t the constitution guarantee the freedom of religion? How can he in honesty protect the religious rights of people of other faith with this action of his?
“How could a public officer paid with tax payers (both Christians and Muslims) money be so insensitive and recklessly irresponsible and partial?
“He has thrown to the dustbins the sacred virtue of fairness and equity which people in his position should display at all times and have sworn to so provide. If Ganduje wants to be an Islamiya teacher or an Imam, then let him quit Government house and fully concentrate on proselytizing for Islam.”