The body says Boko Haram represent evil, barbarism
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has said Nigeria has a lot to celebrate as a democratic nation despite its current security challenges occasioned by the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency.
It said the country has witnessed positive changes since the return of democracy to the country 15 years ago and urged Nigerians to defend democratic governance which remains the shining light in Africa.
The association stated this in a message to Nigerians on the occasion of Democracy Day.
Nigeria returned to democratic governance on May 29, 1999 after several years of military rule.
“15 years ago, there are a lot of changes (positive) that Nigerians have witnessed in polity that could not have been possible under any kind of military rule, from telecoms to the aviation, media to health, education and the economy, the changes are clear,” CAN said.
“On the occasion of this year’s celebration, we are all reminded of our responsibility to collectively defend this democracy that remains the shining light on our continent.
“I call on all Nigerians to join hands with their leaders at all levels to work for the sustenance of this democracy, let us uphold the values that will protect it and down play those issues that have threatened democracy in Nigeria.”
While urging Nigerians to unite for more positive changes, the association noted changes don’t come easily, but with difficulty and that it is usually the most resisted decision of a leader.
It stressed, “I want to assure Nigerians that these are surely not times to despair or lament over losses; these are indeed times of gratitude and thanksgiving for our nation.
“No doubt our country is going through difficult times- social strife, armed violence and declining moral values, but for the fact that Jesus Christ is still on the throne calls for celebration and hope by all and sundry.”
CAN said the country would not succumb to the wishes of the insurgents because doing so would “eternally kill the spirit of Christianity in all of us; Boko Haram remains evil, barbaric and must be fought with all the arsenals that we have got as a people and a nation.”
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