A former governor of Kano State, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso has accused a radio station in the state of stoking up hatred against him over his last visit to Cross Rivers State.
Kwakwanso who is a former member of the upper legislature has come under series of attacks by residents of Kano State who have been accusing him of abandoning the Islamic faith for respecting Christian convention during his visit to the oil rich state.
This is coming just as he called on the NBC to sanction Freedom Radio for promoting bigotry and inciting Muslim hostility and odium towards him, saying, “It’s irresponsible for a radio station to engage in this dangerous incitement.”
In a statement issued on Sunday by his media aide, Mallam Sulaiman Abdulmalik, the former governor stated that his decision was not an abandonment of Islam for Christianity but rather a mark of respect for the Christian faith which enjoins worshippers to remove their caps while in the church.
He flayed the radio station for promoting hate at a time when the nation is in crisis, saying what the nation needs at this time was for all men of goodwill to use whatever influence they have to promote interfaith dialogue and tolerance.
“I’m totally disappointed with Freedom Radio for tacitly promoting religious bigotry and inciting Muslim antipathy against me. I have not done anything against my Islamic faith. Come to think of it. What is the big deal in attending a Church service in Calabar and removing my cap while there as convention of my Christian friends demands?” he wrote.
While asking the radio station not to magnify triviality in the name of religion, the engineer turned politician asked rhetorically, “Does attending Christian events or respecting their convention amount to the abandonment of your Muslim faith or beliefs?”
Kwakwanso cautioned that the action of the radio station is capable of defeating efforts being made by patriots to engender peaceful coexistence of all the religious groupings in the country using the instrumentality of interfaith dialogue.
He faulted the radio station for lending its platform to mischief makers instead of being an outlet for purveying peaceful living amongst all Nigerians adding that the action will further divide the country along the unhealthy lines of religious disharmony.
“The country is currently witnessing series of crisis occasioned by religious intolerance, the action of this radio station and its sponsors. What they are trying to do is to build walls of division between people of other faiths which we don’t need now.” He said.