By Tom Garba Yola – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Adamawa state chapter has expressed grave concern over anti-Christianity sermons (Tafsir) by some Muslim clerics on media houses in Adamawa, describing it as “confrontational Tafsir”.
In the statement signed by the State’s Chairman, Bishop Mike Moses and made it available to press men in Yola, CAN expressed concern over some Tafsir sermons aired on Media Houses which they adjudged to be confrontational to the Christian faith.
The letter made particular reference to a sermon delivered on ATV Yola at about 10:30p.m, condemning Christianity in it totality, forgetting that the state is just managing to sustain the fragile peace it’s already enjoying.
The letter stressed that media houses within the State should be the custodian and promoters of peace and unity. “They should be professional in discharging their duties. Censorship of religious contents going on air is necessary for promoting unity,” CAN advised.
“We are living in an era and region that peace appears costly. Therefore any thing that will jeorpadized our peaceful coexistence should be discouraged and frown at. Christianity and Islam preaches Peace and Love for mankind. These are the virtues we all Preachers should promote among our followers. Anything short of that is unacceptable,” it added.
The Christian body enjoined the relevant authorities to intervene and forestall future misguided public comments by clerics. The media houses within the State should be custodian and promoters of peace and unity.
Calling on all the Christian faithfuls in the State to be law abiding, tolerant and loving. They should continue to obey the constituted authority and never take laws into their hands in the face of provocation.