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Islamic group attacks President Trump for questioning Buhari

President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrive for a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has attacked President Donald Trump of
the United States for questioning President Muhammadu Buhari over the
alleged killing of Christians in Nigeria.

The group also accused the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, of
selling the country to the US.

MURIC further warned Trump against bullying the Nigerian President for
whatever reasons.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, during the Ministers’ retreat, said
that Trump asked him during his visit to the US in 2018 why he was
killing Christians.

MURIC, in a statement signed by its Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola and
made available on Wednesday, said it take serious
objection to President Donald Trump’s diction.

According to MURIC, Trump’s question was based on false and misleading
reports which CAN has allegedly been sending to the outside world.

MURIC said it expected the US leader to know better because the
killings are not being done by the Nigerian security agencies.

“Again, it is not Christians alone that are being killed. Muslims are
also victims. This is the same false information that was spread about
Boko Haram,” MURIC said.

The Islamic rights group said CAN was able to tell people that the
terrorists were only killing Christians and bombing churches.

MURIC noted that Boko Haram as a terrorist group, is killing emirs,
Imams, Islamic scholars and ordinary Muslims too and also destroying
Islamic worship centres.

“The crisis is mainly between herders and farmers, not between the
government of Buhari and Nigerian Christians. So how can anyone accuse
President Buhari of killing Christians?” MURIC said.

MURIC also noted that the herders-farmers clashes predate were there
before the administration of President Buhari came into being in 2015
and has been occurring for a very long time.

“It was there in ex-President Jonathan’s period and even in
ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s days. Jonathan and Obasanjo are
Christians but the killings also occurred during their regimes,” the
group said.

It wondered why the Christian Association is making the situation look
as if Buhari, a Muslim president is killing Nigerian Christians,
adding that CAN is selling the country too cheaply to the US.

MURIC said it has no doubt that the narrative will change if President
Buhari is succeeded by a Christian President in 2023.

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