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HURIWA to DSS: Stop profiling, persecuting Christian leaders

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…Nneoma Ndibe

The Human Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) under the leadership of Mr. Lawal Musa Daura to stop the orchestrated profiling and persecution of the Nigerian Christian leaders by its operatives.

The HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, in a statement on Friday, condemned what they described as “selective persecution and harassment”.

The rights group wondered why Nigeria’s Secret Police should embark on selective interrogation of National leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria over global campaigns to attract funds to rebuild churches destroyed by Boko haram terrorists in North East.

The group said there was absolutely nothing untoward for Christian leaders to canvass for genuine funding support to carry out evangelism including the rebuilding of Churches destroyed by Islamic terror group of Boko haram particularly when Christianity was a Universal Religion just like the Islamic Religion.

The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) said the action of DSS amounted to profiling of Christian leaders only because of their religious status even as it dismissed the action as absolutely discriminatory and therefore unlawful and unconstitutional.

HURIWA said it was unbecoming of a statutory agency of the Nigerian government to assume the unconstitutional duty of profiling only one major religious group in a secular state over the genuine intentions of the leadership of the Christians to legitimately seek international funding assistance to rebuild places of worship destroyed by violent Islamic terror group of Boko Haram in the North East.

The group also stressed the fact that DSS had never interrogated leaders of the Islamic religion who constantly collect funds from international Islamic bodies in Saudi Arabia amongst other places, wondered when it had become a crime for the Christian leaders to scout for genuine funds to implement credible religious obligations of building befitting places of worship.

HURIWA said the Constitution in Chapter four explicitly made freedom of religion guaranteed and “section 10 of the Constitution emphatically says there is no state religion” just as it asked the DSS to face her primary duty of providing better security environment by going after armed terror groups and such other mass murderers like the armed Fulani herdsmen instead of constantly subjecting Innocent Christian religion leaders to needless interrogation.

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