No Terrorist Group Shouts ‘Jesus, Jesus’ before Attacks – CAN fires at Wole Soyinka


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has blasted Wole Soyinka for opining that religion will destroy Nigeria if not tamed.

Soyinka was said to have made the statement at a book presentation in Abuja last Thursday.

“I would like to transfer that cry (by President Muhammadu Buhari on corruption) from the moral zone to the terrain of religion. If we do not tame religion in this nation, religion will kill us.”

CAN’s National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, in response insisted that religion was not responsible for Nigeria’s problems.

“With due respect to Prof. Soyinka, it is not true that religion is the bane of Nigeria’s stability. No genuine religion promotes killings and destruction of lives and property.

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“It is unfair for the Nobel laureate to project religion as a problem when it is the faithful believers that are praying and sacrificing to keep the nation moving,” Samuel said.

“Christianity preaches peace in all its ramifications. I challenge the professor to identify one attack on any community in Nigeria that was reported to have been carried out by Christians.

“Let him show any terrorist group by whatever name that shouts the name of Jesus before attacks or claim they are fighting for Jesus.

“We are sad that the so-called religious killing is persisting because our prominent leaders are not ready to call a spade by its real name”, he added.

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He also asked Soyinka to question security operatives, on why some suspects had not been prosecuted.

“Why would a woman will be murdered in cold blood by known neighbours, yet they will be set free without prosecution like it happened in Kano? Nigeria will be far from getting to any solution,” Samuel added.

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  • babawo
    January 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

    This so called prof of lit is clueless. when he boasted of tearing his green card did anything change? Prof, General and Tycoon Trump won with a clear lead and by d grace of God will b sworn in on Fri. America don’t care about lit but technology. buhari came out to condemned d UniMaid attack bcos it happened in a mosque. is he not aware of d attacks in Kaduna, Benue, Enugu, etc. pls give me a break and forget these fools.


  • akin sodimu
    January 17, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Professor Wole Soyinka was right by alerting the whole Nation on the dangers posed by religion if we don’t do something concrete about it, the reaction of the CAN through one of their leaders was even better and more articulate than that of the Nobel Laureate, because, if we are to hit the nail on the head, Muslims are part of the problems of Nigeria, and religion is not the major problem of Nigeria. The major problem of this country is corruption, if you concentrate to revive the economy of this country without corresponding effort to tackle corruption, every structures built by the economy will be pulled down by the bulldozer of corruption. I give kudos to the articulate discuss by the Representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria.


  • N.C. F
    January 17, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Soyinka or what ever he calls him self has never made any meaning sense ever since come to know him, I don’t really see why Nigeria will be posting so much attention at his comments. Being a laureate or a prof. Does not really mean that you have wisdom. I think age is really telling on him or he is just unnecessarily looking for more recognition. How can he just say that Religion is the major cause of our problem in Nigeria. Have u ever seen a christian any where challenging a muslim that may be his God is greater than there God? May be if he does not accept there God that he will be killed? Never. So why is he really coming up some jargon like these.


  • January 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Wole soyinka is old enough he don’t kwn wot to say consign for Nigeria agn, dat is y he de talk about religion.


  • Jacob
    January 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Politicisation of religion is the bane of the nation. When people refuse to condemn what is evil and shield criminals from justice, then that scenario could be tumultous if it escalates and is not nipped in the bud.


  • January 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Only God know how many Nigerians reason when it comes to religion issues.Prof. was right because many of our religious leaders are not leading by good examples.Those who engaged in corruption are they not belonging to a religious sect?prof is right for giving us such piece of advice.


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