The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has taken to task the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, asking him to find and apprehend those who killed prominent people and other citizens of the State.
The body also lamented that it has become very difficult to determine what constitutes hate speech, decrying the alleged attempt by the Kaduna State Government to arraign Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr. Paul Enenche, in court, over alleged hate speech.
In a statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the CAN President, Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, the Christian body said that its attention was “drawn to a threat issued by El-Rufai”, and published in some online news Media, “over his determination to get the Founder/Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Paul Enenche, arraigned over a hate speech” allegation.
CAN noted that Enenche’s alleged ‘hate speech’ was suspected to have escalated the killings that rocked Kasuwan Magani area of Kaduna State, on October 18, 2018, followed by the assassination of the Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima, on October 26, 2018.
The statement reads in part: “While CAN abhors hate speech in whatever form, it is becoming very difficult to determine what constitutes ‘hate speech’, and who should be responsible for assessing what constitutes the hate speech.
“It has become much difficult to know whose speech is to be regarded as hate speech and which speech should not.
“We have carefully read the threat by Governor El-Rufai, and his claim to know who is responsible for the ‘hate speech’ that promoted the crisis in Kaduna State, and his vow to get Pastor Enenche arrested and prosecuted