How Bauchi, Borno, Kebbi, Katsina States Marginalise Christians, By Gen. Dikko






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When it rains, as the saying goes, it pours. So it was in Abuja yesterday when a delegation made up of Kanuri-Fulani Christians, under the aegis of Tarayyamasihiyawan Nijeriya, took their pains to the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.
In a no-holds-barred expose of the injustice their state governments are meting out on them on the account of their faith, leader of the group, General Ahmed Dikko (rtd), told the CAN president the level of marginalistaion his members suffer is unimaginable.
Dikko said: “We are predominantly in Borno, Bauchi, Kebbi, Katsina and in other core northern states in the country. We are the most marginalised, oppressed and maltreated in this country. In places of employment and promotion, you hardly find anyone of us in exalted offices.
“When it comes to employment, we are the most marginalised. We have more than 1,400 university graduates. When you go to these states, you can hardly find permanent secretaries and commissioners in these states who are christians.
“Admissions in schools run by states in northern Nigeria, we are being discriminated against. We don’t benefit from scholarship programmes. If you apply as an individual or a church to get a land, governments in these states ensure that we are frustrated.
“Our places are being taken over by state governments. When they take over, they don’t compensate. Sponsorship to Israel for pilgrimage is zero. State governments in these core northern states do not sponsor us, whereas they sponsor people to Saudi Arabia. These things I am telling you are not being done in the open.
“The new Almajiri system of education is for Muslim children. We cannot go to these schools and our children are not allowed to go there.”
The retired General also told Oritsejafor that his group was in his office on a solidarity visit.
“This visit is a solidarity visit to the CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. We want to show our loyalty and support to his exalted office and to the Churches in Nigeria. We are also here to express our unflinching support to the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Addressing the core issues raised by the visiting group, Oritsejafor revealed how Nigerian refugees have been dying of hunger and his personal effort in ameliorating their plight.
He said, “I did not even know that you existed. That is why today, I feel so happy to know that you exist. I am a human being and every human being needs encouragement. I am one of the most misunderstood persons in Nigeria today. My desire is for the peace and oneness of Nigeria.
“But the Nigeria we are talking about must be such that everyone is equal. It should be a place where people are not judged by their religion. We should be judged by the contents of our hearts. With your presence, that Nigeria is possible.
“As the President of CAN, I promise you that whatever I can do, I will do my best to ensure that we have a level-playing ground for everyone.
“Sometimes, I am troubled when I hear of civil rights groups and I wonder if they really know what is happening in this country. If they do, they should check out some of the issues raised here. I throw this challenge to them. They should take up this challenge.”
Touching on the ongong insurgency in parts of Nigeria, the CAN president told his guests that the Boko Haram menace has remained a disgrace to the African continent and at the right time, God would disgrace and expose their sponsors.
He said, “Boko Haram started as a group with the aim to Islamize Nigeria. They have caused a lot of damages. It is a disgrace to the entire African Continent and at the right time, God will expose the sponsors of this group.”
Oritsejafor also spoke briefly on why he is “the most misunderstood Nigerian alive” saying this was borne out of his stance regarding certain national issues.
“I do not toe the same line that other Nigerians will toe,” the clergyman said, adding, “I do not care what people think when I talk. People tend to think that I hate people. I do not hate anybody. I believe Nigeria can be strong and Muslims/Christians can work together.”
In his magnanimity as CAN President, Oritsejafor donated N2 million to the group saying the money is part of his efforts to ameliorate the plight of the people.
In his response, Dikko said the money would be used as recycling grant for the economic empowerment of the people.

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