December 25, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The Vice President of Southern Sudan government slammed wrong statics by national TV about the number of Christian, adding Christian are the faster growing population in the country.
- Dr. Machar and his wife Angelina Teny singing at Bentiu church on Friday Dec 25, 2009 (photo Miyong G. Kuon)
Dr. Riek Machar on Friday attends the Christmas Celebrations in Bentiu, Unity State, where more than five thousand people packed the church hall as they marked the day Jesus Chris was born.
“This is a day Jesus Chris was born and this is the day we all should remember.” he told the cheering congregations.
According to Machar, Sudan TV yesterday said, Christians in the Sudan are only 17%. “This statistic does not only ignore the right populations, but it’s completely unscientific and ill researched. It should not be considered."
"The Christian are the fasters growing populations in the Sudan today. If they are sincere, they will find that, more than 70% are Christian in this country," he said.
Machar further urged Christians in Sudan to work to correct such false data. "Christian populations in the Sudan must reflect the right statistics and it must be you who should take that initiative to tell the world the right population."
The fifth census questionnaire omitted to mention the religion of counted people. The SPLM refused this omission but Khartoum said it followed recommendation of UN experts.
Dr. Machar who returned from Khartoum on Friday to celebrate Christmas in Bentiu is also expected to travel back to Khartoum on Sunday to witness the national parliament’s discussions on and passage of Southern Sudan referendum bill and popular consultations for Southern Kordufan and Southern Blue Nile states.