July 17, 2013 – Pastor’s Daughter Kidnapped In Niger State On The Order Of Emir Of Bida, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar – CAN Urges Police For Immediate Release
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Wednesday engaged in war of words over the alleged abduction of the daughter of a pastor by the Emir of Bida, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar.
The Vice President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, called on the police to ensure the immediate release of the pastor’s daughter.
The victim is a student of Federal Polytechnic, Bida.
Ayokunle made the call during a press conference held at the NBC Secretariat, Dugbe, Ibadan, on Wednesday.
The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, had accused the Emir of abducting the daughter of a pastor and keeping her in his palace for some weeks.
But, the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs described comments by the CAN President as being deliberately targeted against Islam and Muslim leaders.
NSCIA, in a statement signed by its acting Director of Publicity, Muhammad Kassim, said it had become a normal routine for the CAN president to target his outbursts at some Muslim personalities in the country.
However, the CAN Vice-President, said the response of the NSCIA to the Oritsejafor’s statement on the alleged abduction was unfortunate and could lead to unnecessary incitement.
“As Vice-President of Christian Association of Nigeria I wish to state that the comments our President made were never directed at Islam because we are never a disrespectful people.
“CAN will never fail to speak through our president or any other officer mandated to speak on our behalf on any national issue or about anyone in the society whose action appears to be inappropriate,” Ayokunle said during the press briefing.
[Culled from The Nation]