Southern Kaduna killings: FG, CAN in war of words

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The Newspaper Headlines for Wednesday, January 4, has focused on the war of words between the federal government, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Catholic Church over the wave of ethno-religious crisis in the Southern part of Kaduna state.

The front pages of the newspapers have also focused on looming suspension of 100 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for allegedly collecting from the N23bn bribe fund facilitated by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, ahead of the 2015 general elections, amongst other top stories.

According to a report on the Vanguard, the federal government, yesterday, launched a bitter but indirect rebuke on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as well as the Catholic Church over comments by both bodies regarding the wave of ethno-religious crisis in the Southern part of Kaduna state.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said: “True religious leaders do not fan the embers of hate, but ensure that communities live in peace and harmony.”

But in a swift response, Kaduna CAN said to the minister: “Shut up if you have nothing to say.”

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