CAN Condemns Kaduna, Kano Bomb Blasts

Ayoo Oritsejafor, CAN president

CAN says attacks were a clear indication of the perpetrators’ inclination to evil and disregard for the true God.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has expressed “shock and dismay” over the bomb explosions in Kaduna and Kano States in which many lives were lost, and others injured.

There were two bomb explosions in Kaduna on Wednesday with one targeting a former military Head of State and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari and the other, Islamic Cleric, Dahiru Bauchi.

There was also an explosion on Thursday in Kano leading to the death of at least one person.

Although targets survived, scores were killed and property damaged.

The Christian body, in a statement by its National President, Ayo Oritsejafor, Thursday, said the attack, coming almost at the climax of the holy month of Ramadan, was a clear indication of the perpetrators’ inclination to evil and disregard for the true God and all that were linked to Him.

“CAN condemns in strong terms the continuation of attacks targeted at high profile Nigerians and revered clerics, who hitherto should be the moral compass for society’s transformation,” the statement said.

“It is also regretful that such an incident is happening in our communities at this time especially when all faithful are in search for genuine reconciliation with their God and seek peaceful coexistence with their neighbours,” the statement said.
“On behalf of the Christian community in Nigeria, I wish to commiserate with all those who lost loved ones or suffered one form of mishap or the other in yesterday’s incident. I however thank God for saving the lives of two prominent Nigerians, former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and an Islamic Cleric, Dahiru Bauchi, in the bomb attacks.”

The association noted that the incidents again were evidences that God was greater than the perpetrators of these acts and a confirmation that the bombers and their sponsors had a twisted understanding of religion.

It urged Nigerians never to be dissuaded by these acts of evil and terror on the people and that no doubt the impact created by the acts were painful, but that giving in at this times would even be more dreadful for the people.

He added, “Please, I urge all Nigerians in the spirit of the season (Ramadan) to keep faith with the relevant authorities. Rather than tremble in fear, let us all support all relevant agencies of government and our community leaders to fight these terrorists to a standstill, clearly our nation is being pushed to the wall and we can no longer watch in fear.”

CAN reminded all faithful particularly Christians of the popular verse in the Bible which “admonishes them not to fear him who can kill the body but cannot destroy the soul, but to rather fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.”

It added, “Let us not allow the spirit of the evil ones kill our collective dream of making Nigeria a great nation, the attacks such as the one in Kaduna should rather strengthen our resolve to stamp out terrorism from our land. Like I have always said, there is no way darkness with prevail over light, this should be our greatest consolation.

“I again call on all Nigerians to keep praying steadfastly for our leaders and soldiers in battle, this is a battle that we ought to win and must win. CAN mourns with the bereaved and thanks God for sparing the lives of the survivors, we will continue to pray for the success of the counter-terrorism war and for a better and peaceful Nigeria.”


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