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CAN Blast John Kerry for ‘Divisive’ Meeting with Northern Governors

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused the United States government of stoking ethnic and religious divisions in Nigeria, after the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited the Sultan of Sokoto and northern governors.

The group said Christians were excluded from Kerry’s visit between last Monday and Tuesday. Kerry traveled to Sokoto where he met the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the head of Nigeria’s Muslim community. He later met President Muhammadu Buhari, before meeting governors of northern states.
In an interview with journalists yesterday, CAN said Kerry’s visit was “discriminatory, personal and divisive”.

The group said Kerry should stop interfering in the internal affairs of the country, alleging that the visit was aimed at furthering the federal government’s plan to continue to persecute the teeming population of Nigerian Christians.
The president of CAN, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, said Kerry’s lack of respect for the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria, amounted to favouring northern Nigeria and Muslims to the detriment of the Christian community.

The CAN President furthermore questioned the motive of the US Secretary of State for meeting with the 19 Northern State governors and excluding the rest from the meeting.
Speaking against the killing of Christians in northern Nigeria, the CAN president said based “on the government’s selective persecution of Christians mostly by the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Nigerian Police, it was obvious the administration was anti-Christians”.

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