Rev. Musa Asake is the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
In a recent interview with The Punch where he spoke with Bayo Akinloye, the pastor made comments on the recent spate of killings and attacks on non-Muslims.
When he was asked how he feels about the killing of a Redeemed Christian Church of God preacher, Eunice Elisha, he said: “I really don’t know – that’s not the first killing.
“I don’t why this is happening; we have security agencies in Nigeria. But when a Christian is killed, they (Muslims) either say it’s due to blasphemy or they don’t give a reason at all.
“After the killings, we are often told some people were arrested – that’s the best we hear. And, after the arrest, nothing happens again. As Christians we’re going through a difficult time.
“Therefore, my reaction to the killing of the RCCG’s pastor is that it was an ugly incident. It ought not to have happened. There’s never been a situation where a Christian will go and kill somebody for no reason but Christians are being killed Muslims – let me say by extremists; because not all Muslims are involved. Then, we are also faced with Fulani herdsmen who are killing people and wiping out villages as if we don’t have a government in the country. It is a very sad situation.”
When he was asked what the implication of the crisis was, Asake said: “From the way I see things happening, there is a grand plan to wipe out Christians in this country but by the grace of God it will not come to pass.
“That is why I am saying if the government is not going to protect us, then we have no choice but to protect ourselves. We will not continue to fold our hands and accept being killed for no reason.
“These killings are going on as usual and we have got to a point to say ‘enough is enough.’ Everybody has to defend themselves.”