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The inconvenient truth that we can’t suppress, By Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga

I recall the Muslim outrage that greeted the demolition of a mosque by the Wike administration in Rivers State. Now Muslim voices are curiously silent on the demolition of a church in Maiduguri by the Zulum administration. This issue has implications for the future of our political union. Given the volatility of religion, such issue should be handled with tact by the government.

Our apathy to the church demolition in Maiduguri raises many troubling questions. Where is our sincerity? Where is our sense of justice? Do we define injustice only when Muslims are affected? This attitude makes us look bad and hypocritical.

We must sincerely accept the meaning of religious diversity and tolerance. We always condemn western nations for hating Muslims, but they are more tolerate of religious diversity than us. You can find more mosques in London, Washington, Sweden, Norway and France than in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Indonesia and other Muslim majority countries. In fact, there are Muslim countries that officially don’t allow the building of churches.

You think these Christian nations don’t value their own faith? Western nations are emotionally attached to democratic values. That is why they protect the smallest minorities, including Muslims. We can’t build a peaceful world where only our own rights matter.

I must however praise the example of Sokoto State and a few other predominantly Muslim states in the North that for years demonstrated respect for our religious diversity. Despite its record frequent tensions, you must give Plateau State the credit for respecting our religious diversity. No Plateau administration has to the best of my recollection ever demolished mosques

Mr. Zagga, a political analyst writes from Abuja

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