Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the rising case of abduction, forced conversion to Islam and forced marriage of Christian girls in parts of the country.
He particularly called on the president to quickly address the rising cases of “incessant” lynching of Christians in Northern Nigeria due to religious intolerance.
The call is coming few days after a Kano magistrate court dramatically discharged and acquitted, without trial, the five Muslim youths accused of masterminding the gruesome killing of a 74- year old Mrs. Bridget Agbahime on June 2, 2016 on allegations of blasphemy.
“Government should make effort to explain what happened, not to give impression that people can take laws into their hands and be set free, that is not a good signal, the Kano state government need to explain the justification of their release,” he said.
Speaking with Journalists during the sixth edition of the Divine Common Wealth Conference (DWCCON) in Abuja, the Archbishop expressed displeasure over what he termed as seeming silence of the president on unhealthy religious happenings in the country, adding that it could spark off unrest in the society.
He said, “there is fear in the land, the common man’s perception of inclination of the present administration is on its own a cause of mistrust and fear.”
According to him, the selective governance style of the present administration, in which Muslim and Islamic values are given priority over the diversity of citizens in the country, is really worrisome.
“How can anybody explain the call for full implementation of the sharia criminal code in Nigeria’s legal system in a country where you have Christians and people of other faith?” he queried.