The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has faulted the demands of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) director Ishaq Akintola for Friday to be observed as office holidays since Christians’ worship day, Sundays, are observed as holidays.
“Akintola actually stated that there were discriminations against Muslims in Nigeria, that Christians are against the practice of Shariah and that Muslims are deprived of having Friday as a work-free day just as Christians enjoy Sunday. Did you say the man is a professor? May God have mercy on Nigeria, if that is the kind of professors that we produce. I have to question his professorship.
“Doesn’t he know the constitution of this country? It is the kind of elementary reasoning that slows us (Nigerians) down. I really don’t want to go into that now; that is not the issue facing the country at the moment. The issues facing us in this country are hunger, poverty, poor national economy, and insecurity. But here you have a professor talking about the government favouring only one religion – that is uncalled-for.
“Islamic groups should put their house in order; they are the ones that are imprisoning themselves. Christians aren’t responsible for their woes or marginalization. Nobody is stopping them from realizing their dreams.”