The secretary-general of CAN, Musa Asake, said in a statement on 4 Sep 2016:
"Akintola actually stated that there were discriminations against Muslims in Nigeria, that Christians are against the practice of Shariah and that Muslims are deprived of having Friday as a work-free day just as Christians enjoy Sunday. Did you say the man is a professor? May God have mercy on Nigeria, if that is the kind of professors that we produce. I have to question his professorship.
"Doesn’t he know the constitution of this country? It is the kind of elementary reasoning that slows us (Nigerians) down. I really don’t want to go into that now; that is not the issue facing the country at the moment. The issues facing us in this country are hunger, poverty, poor national economy, and insecurity. But here you have a professor talking about the government favouring only one religion – that is uncalled-for.
"Islamic groups should put their house in order; they are the ones that are imprisoning themselves. Christians aren’t responsible for their woes or marginalization. Nobody is stopping them from realizing their dreams."