September 07, 2016

Christian Groups Confront FG...Say Sultan of Sokoto Can't Be Dictating Public Holidays

A coalition of 22 Christian groups in Nigeria led by National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has condemned the federal government over the declaration of September 12 as public holiday in commemoration of Eid-el-Kabir celebration by Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, stating that it smacks of usurpation of government functions.

The condemnation came barely two months after a similar incident in which they criticised the action of the Sultan, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of taking instructions from the him.

According to ThisDay, it was reported in July 2016, how Christian groups lampooned government over the extension of public holiday by Presidency over the non-sighting of moon by the Sultan.

In a statement issued by the chairman of NCEF, Solomon Asemota (SAN), on behalf of the coalition, he stated that it was “very improper for the head of the Islamic faith in Nigeria to announce, declare or extend public holidays.

“We call on the federal government to rise to its task and cease abdicating its responsibilities to the head of a religion. We do not want what happened during the time of Abacha, when Sultan Dasuki was dethroned by Abacha to repeat itself. It should not be forgotten that apart from Christianity and Islam, there exist in Nigeria various traditional religions that are the foundation of our culture as Africans.

“The federal government should continue to play its neutral, non-aligned role in the best interest of the nation. Meanwhile, we await the declaration of the Eid el-Kabir public holiday by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

12 comments:

ats three said...

Na wa o. These people sef. They shouldn't cause another religious crisis ooo.

Samuel Orugbo said...

The frog takes it step hop by hop. Just alittle while he will d only mouth in the country

Hassan Aderemi said...

There must have been a misconception, Sultan was talking to Muslims (Islamic adherents) not to the whole Nigerians about the day of celebration of Eid el Kabir, by the virtues of his position as the head of Muslims in Nigeria. It's now left for FG to announce the public holiday to the entire Nigerians & it's not compulsory to observe the holidays, anybody that wish can decide to go about their normal business during the holidays.

samaila sulaiman said...

This people should abeg no cause religious crisis please

Folakemi said...

It is well with this country o

Folakemi said...

It is well with our country Nigeria!

Anonymous said...

For goodness sake, dont these people ever get serious in their lives ? Dont they ever have aomthing better to do with their times ?
The Sultan did not declare a public holiday, he only announced the day of Arafat and aubsequently the Eid el Kabir. He did not on his own decide the dates but only announced as a leader of muslims in Nigeria. The declaration of the date every year is a worlwide phenomena and is well beyond the Sultan or any irrational and misguided NCEF !!

inumidun said...

Nawa o..

MOHAMMED NDAKO said...

Pls the christian leaders should be mindful of their ultrances and not to be dangling into issues that has nothing to do with the general public. The Sultan was only talking to muslim faiths on the dste of Arafat. Dont try to cause religious crises, mind your ultrances pls.

Nurudeen Balogun said...

CAN should chill and concentrate on xtain unity. Not chasing shadows in the dark

Anonymous said...

Nigeria's Christians are totally ignorant on matter of religious, they are happy when they cause religious crisis

Wilson Benson said...

A total disgrace to such group, they can not be speaking for CAN

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