The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have been told by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to publicly condemn the actions of pastors and church leaders.
The Islamic organization accused some clerics of inciting their followers against Muslims in the country.
The NSCIA is led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III.
The NSCIA Head of Communication, Ibrahim Aselemi, in a statement on Thursday noted that some pastors hide under the rights to free speech to spread anti-Muslim messages.
Aselemi also accused CAN leadership of paying lip service to religious harmony and tolerance.
According to him, “The persistent anti-Islamic rhetoric whipped up by some clergymen of the Christian faith in recent times in Nigeria is most worrisome and has become a source of grave concern.
“These Church leaders have developed a penchant for inciting Christians against Muslims in every time the opportunity presents itself while hiding under the umbrella of free speech and religious freedom.”
The statement stressed that the silence of CAN means complicit.
NSCIA stated that this was disappointing, double standard, self-indicting and morally unconscionable.
The Islamic leaders added that they await the outcome of the police investigation and prosecution of those found culpable of instigating violence.
Aselemi appealed to Muslims in the South-East and other regions not to take laws into their hands and continue to be law-abiding.