On Sept. 22, 2017, I received a call from a close family member who told me he had applied for a job online, then the job poster invited him for an entrance examination, and after passing the exam, he got an SMS announcing to him he had been shortlisted for the next stage.
He was told to come to somewhere at Ajao Estate before 9.00 a.m. the following day to advance with his recruitment processes. When he got there, he met some other applicants, they were told to enter a hall equipped with a projector screen and audio-visual devices.
The next thing they saw on the screen was a pastor preaching to all the applicants. He was amazingly awed in an unprecedented state of unbearable confusions. He had spent N2,000 for transport on the job’s selection process since the beginning already.
He sprang to his feet to leave as he could not stand the daylight robbery of his religious integrity with the delusions.
Someone approached him why he had to leave, he replied that he was not there for what was being displayed on the screen and besides, it was Friday, he had to go to Mosque.
This is what many Nigerian Muslims have to deal with every day. The horrendous atmosphere that non-Muslim extremists are subjecting the Muslims to, because of employment. This is worrisome.
This is even complicated now because the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the ‘umbrella’ body of the Nigerian Christians, has continuously branded Muslims as a simulacrum of terrorism, who need to be coerced to ‘born again’ through many delusional means like we have seen above before its due integrity can be respected and restored.
The hate speeches of the CAN against the Muslims, that are now being manifested in the psychology of some Christian extremists, need to be put to stop.
Muslims are not competing with Christians, Muslims are busy educating themselves to fix the mayhem of the vestigial traces of misinformation and misrepresentation they have been facing over the years.
Muslims are improving their lives to contribute to the national development and cleaning the filth the Christian Western Imperialists have forced on its enthralling identities.
The CAN website, for example, is replete with more anti-Muslim, anti-North and anti-Islamic content to continuously incite people against the Muslims and thwart the integrity of Muslims, than the genuine education and the message of Jesus ( peace be upon him) it ought to give its followers.
CAN has not relented in branding the Muslims and the unmatched values of Islamic religion as evils. This is the main reason many of the Christian extremists and CAN itself treat Muslims in a manner that is abhorrent to the true message of Jesus (Peace be upon him).
We have continuously called the attention of the Nigerian government to this. The indoctrination of the extremism exuded by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), targeting Muslims and Northerners recently, can easily be gotten from CAN’s anti-Muslim and anti-Northerners contents on its website and their various divisive press statements in national dailies.
We only hope it will not be too late before the government puts a stop to the terrorism of the ‘suits and microphones’ clouded with a delusional religious activism. This is becoming unbearable, unacceptable and retrogressive to the integrity of our religious sovereignty.
By Yusuf Jimoh Aweda, Director, Center For Human Rectitude.