Church seeks compensation for victims of Boko Haram

The church commended the implementation of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

The Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, has advocated for compensation to victims of the Boko Haram insurgents.

The church also pledged its total support for the steps taken by the federal government in restoring peace at the northeastern part of
the country through emergency rule.

It stated its position in a communique made available to journalists on Saturday after COCIN’s 82nd annual general council meeting which held at its headquarters in Jos on Friday evening.

“COCIN applauds the bold step taken by the Federal Government in declaring a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States and prays that it will bring lasting peace. The general church council calls on the federal and various state governments to take proactive and definite measures to curb insecurity and the growing menace of the Boko Haram Islamic sect terrorist group.

“We reiterate our position against the proposed amnesty to Boko Haram as it will only mean rewarding and glorifying crime,” the church stressed.

The three page communique also frowned at the brutal killing of innocent people across the country by the Boko Haram.

“COCIN condemns in strong terms the brutal killings at Baga and Bama both in Borno State, Wukari in Taraba State, Alakyo, in Nasarawa State, Agatu in Benue State and that of Gombe and Kano States and of recent Katsina State. We condole the family and Christians in Borno State over the killing of the State CAN Secretary, Rev. Faye Pama, by the Boko Haram second,” it stated.

At the opening of the three day general council meeting on Wednesday, president of COCIN, Soja Bewarang, disclosed that insecurity in the northeastern states had forced the church to relocate some of its workers for their safety.

The church also called on the Federal Government to consider compensation for all victims of Boko Haram.

Also, at the end of the meeting, the general church council approved creation of 17 new regional church councils and one provincial church council.


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