The Christian Association of Nigeria on Sunday warned the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to desist from making further inciting comments on the Christian faith.
The association, which said the former minister had declared war against Christians in the country, warned that it might not guarantee further restraint the next time he makes any derogatory comment against Jesus Christ.
A statement by the General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, said barely 24 hours after its reaction to “his damningly insulting comment” about Jesus Christ, he never showed remorse but went ahead and tweeted another “insulting response” online.
The statement read, “CAN noted with serious concern the unrepentant and unremorseful conduct of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai in respect of the inflammatory and utterly disgraceful comment he made about the Christian faith and the person of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“In spite of our warning that he should stop such comments that carry chains of implications, el-Rufai has gone ahead to post another response which is insulting to the Christian faith.
“Last Thursday, a day after our reaction to his damningly insulting comment, he retweeted as follows: ‘To those who see clearly, whose minds are not clouded by sheer religiosity, there is nothing insulting about the tweet.’
“With this retweet, CAN believes that el-Rufai is set on a war path with the millions of Christians in Nigeria. We must state that unlike others, Christians do not shed blood, take life, kill or maim others at the slightest provocation.
“Nevertheless, we must warn el-Rufai not to take Christians for granted and to inform him that it is with great difficulty that we have had to restrain our youths from taking the law into their hands; which by extension means bringing el-Rufai to justice on account of his incitement and insult against the Christian faith.
“We may not be able to guarantee this restraint the next time he makes any other explosive statement that impugns on the person of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is again warned to desist from playing this dangerous and deadly game of Russian roulette. A word, they say, is enough for the wise.”