The Conference of Northern Christians And Minority (CNCM) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Shehu Mahdi, a Kaduna-based human rights activist, over an inciting video making rounds on the Internet.
Mahdi had in the reportedly divisive video, urged northern Christians to reject Mr. Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, saying Christians in the South discriminate against their northern counterparts.
However, in a statement by its National President, Dr. Bitrus Yakubu, CNCM denounced Mahdi’s attempt to incite religious crisis in the country, adding that millions of northerners had resolved to vote for Obi in 2023 and cannot be dissuaded otherwise.
“It does appear, from the disgraceful outing, that Mahdi has chosen to remain slaves to the past, as the viral video regrettably suggests,” the statement read in part.
“Northern Christians, having been treated as outcasts for such a long period, have chosen to break away from decades of unfulfilled agitation for integration.
“We wish to conclude by informing Shehu Mahdi and his sponsors, that not even ten million sentimental people like him can sway Northern Christians from voting for Peter Obi.
”Again, for us as Northern Christians and minorities, Mahdi’s statement cannot make us alter our resolve, because we have suffered hatred, pain, agony, and marginalisation from people of his likes, and we have, therefore, taken a position to vote for H.E Peter Obi of the Labour Party in the forthcoming election.”
They accused Mahdi of flouting the UN charter on peace and harmony, and called on the international community to tag him a person of interest.
CNCM further said: “It is our view, that his action and tendency are at variance with the United Nations’ charter on human and people’s rights.
“We, therefore, call on the international community to, without further ado, declare Mahdi a person of interest.”