CAN, Aregbesola condemn Kano bombings

Pastor Oritsejafor
President of CAN, Ayo Oritsejafor.

The Nigerian Police said 22 people died from the suicide attack.

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ayo Oritsejafor, has commiserated with the families and friends of victims of Monday’s suicide bomb attack in Kano State.

Mr. Oritsejafor sent the message in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Kenny Ashaka, his Special Assistant on Media.

He prayed that God should repose the souls of the departed and console their families.

He said that the prevalence of attacks on Christians and their Churches in the North in recent times were aimed at causing disaffection amongst Nigerians.

“The CAN president believes that the suicide bombing of a Lagos-bound 59-seater luxury bus which killed 25 people by those whose inhumanity and vicious behaviour terrifies Nigerians is utterly evil, tragic and condemnable.

“In as much as his heart goes to the Muslim victims in this latest suicide attack in Sabon Gari, Kano, a ward predominantly occupied by indigenous and non-indigene Christians, he feels the attacks in Kano were not in the interest of national development,’’ he said.

Mr. Oritsejafor urged Kano State Government to be more circumspect and liaise with security agencies in order to forestall future occurrence since the state had become one of the critical stages of Boko Haram violence.

He urged the Federal Government to show the will to tackle the Boko Haram menace by dealing decisively with those already implicated in the sponsorship of violence in Nigeria.

“The Federal Government cannot continue to condemn these heinous acts of the enemies of unity and agents of death without prosecuting those already arrested.

“The Federal Government should do the right thing by prosecuting those already in its net with proven record of complicity.

“I plead with the government to fish out the sponsors of Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal, commonly called Boko Haram, and the Islamic group, Jama’atu Ansaril Muslimina fi Sudan, better known as Ansaru,’’ Mr. Oritsejafor said.

The CAN president urged security agencies in the country to revisit their strategies of intelligence gathering so as to contain such attacks before they were executed.

He urged the Federal Government to support the suggestion made by CAN that Boko Haram should be labelled a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.

He also urged Islamic leaders to support the fight against Boko Haram.

“Those who speak about the perversion of their religion should condemn those replacing Islamic logic with their feelings and desires.

“For the growth of a well developed younger generation, we, the religious leaders, must work together to solve this problem of terror, an instrument that is certainly not approved by God,’’ Mr. Oritsejafor said.

Aregbesola too

Like the CAN President, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has also condemned Mondays bomb attack.

The governor described the attack at as heartless, inhuman and barbaric.

He urged security agents and government to do more in all that is required to ensure the safety of lives and property of Nigerians and foreigners in the country.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, Mr. Aregbesola said the mindless killing of defenseless citizens represented an act against humanity and God.

“Under no reason whatsoever should any human take the life of another, no amount of anger or intimidation should make one spill the blood of another human being.

“It saddens when these barbaric and heartless people are described as fighting in the cause of any religion. Islam doesn’t support suicide bombing, Islam is a religion of peace. Islam does not encourage compulsion in religion. Qur’an 5:32 says if any one slew a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people,” the governor said.

Mr. Aregbesola commiserated with the families of the dead in the attack, praying for the repose of the dead souls.

He also prayed for speedy recovery for other victims of the attack who are in the hospital.

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