The Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) has lambasted the United States (US) Secretary of States, Mr John Kerry, accusing him of favouring Nigerian Muslims during his visit to Nigeria. It said the visit was discriminatory, personal and divisive, targeted at the Federal Government’s plan to persecute the Christian population in the country.
Kerry’s two-day visit has attracted condemnation from Christian leaders who questioned his sincerity during the visit.
During the trip, Kerry only visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, met with the some Northern governors.
Also, when he was hosted at the Presidential Villa by President Muhammadu Buhari, he was said to have met with select northern governors, which CAN has condemned.
CAN President, Rev Supo Ayokunle, on Thursday accused Kerry of not respecting the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria.
He said Kerry’s attitude spoke volumes on the discrimination which supports accusations that the President Barack Obama’s administration, alongside Kerry and other strategic US politicians in the Obama’s government openly supported the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 General Elections.
“Why did he meet with only the 19 states Northern governors without Southern governors in attendance, is Nigeria the North alone, why did you go to the North alone?
“There’s a siege on Christians. Kerry, his actions speak volume; his actions, body language were very divisive.