The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned a statement made by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka that religion will destroy Nigeria if not tamed.
At a book presentation in Abuja in Thursday, Soyinka had said religion was on the verge of destroying Nigeria.
He said, “I would like to transfer that cry (by President Muhammadu Buhari on corruption) from the moral zone to the terrain of religion. If we do not tame religion in this nation, religion will kill us.”
Reacting to his statement, CAN’s National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel disagreed that Nigeria’s problems could be traced to religion.
He said, “With due respect to Prof. Soyinka, it is not true that religion is the bane of Nigeria’s stability. No genuine religion promotes killings and destruction of lives and property. It is unfair for the Nobel laureate to project religion as a problem when it is the faithful believers that are praying and sacrificing to keep the nation moving.
“Christianity preaches peace in all its ramifications. I challenge the professor to identify one attack on any community in Nigeria that was reported to have been carried out by Christians. Let him show any terrorist group by whatever name that shouts the name of Jesus before attacks or claim they are fighting for Jesus.
“We are sad that the so-called religious killing is persisting because our prominent leaders are not ready to call a spade by its real name.”
He asked Soyinka to question security operatives on why the killings have continued for years without a single prosecution.
“Why a woman will be murdered in cold blood by known neighbours, yet they will be set free without prosecution like it happened in Kano? Nigeria will be far from getting to any solution,” he said.