CAN commiserates with Islamic scholar, Zakzaky, for loss of sons

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

The umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria condemns the latest bomb blast in Kano.

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has expressed sadness at the unfortunate incident in Zaria which led to the killing of some people, including the sons of a renowned Islamic scholar, Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky.

It also condemned the fresh bomb blast in Kano.

Mr. Zakzaky’s three sons and over 30 of his followers were killed in a clash between Nigerian soldiers and Shiite Muslims in Zaria on Friday. About 40 others were also injured during the clash.

Also, five people were killed via a bomb which targeted church worshippers at the Sabon Gari area of Kano early Sunday.

In a statement by its National President, Ayo Oritsejafor, on Sunday, CAN said it commiserated with Mr. Zakzaky over the loss of his sons and followers and urged him to take solace in God.

The association said the demise of the scholar’s sons was most unfortunate and regrettable particularly at a time when the energy and wise counsel of all in the society was needed to tame insecurity.

CAN noted that it was particularly saddened by the incident because it was capable of throwing the community into more crises.

It urged the people to exercise restraint and live peacefully as security agencies were up to the task to bring perpetrators to book.

CAN appealed to Nigerians to live peacefully irrespective of religious, ethnic and political difference in the quest for new national re birth.
It reiterated its earlier call for Nigerians to give useful information to security agents as they try their best to tackle insurgency.

The association condemned Sunday’s bomb blast killing innocent Christians in a catholic church in Kano, describing it as “barbaric and inhuman.”

It commiserated with families of the deceased and called on Nigerians to be security conscious.


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  • Mosaku 147

    This is what I had always expected from Ayo Orisejafo. I think he has gotten himself a good Media consultant. If he had acted this way and made statements like these all along,I believe we won’t find our selfs in this religious mess that we are in at the moment.
    Anyway,Kudos to CAN for once.

    • idama

      You sound so ridiculous! The religious mess in Nigeria was orchestrated by the intolerance of northern muslim because in the south muslim and christian have been living together in absolute peace, and it is obvious that christians are very tolerant!

      • Mosaku 147

        Yes I agree that Christians are very tolerant,but you would most certainly agree also that there is nowhere in the gospel of Christ were he said tolerance should have a limit. You only change people by continual tolerance.thats what makes the difference between Christians and Muslims.
        I stand by my earlier statement that CAN is doing better now than ever before.

        • idama

          Now I understand u, you are absolutely correct! Mr oritsejafor has not been sounding like the head of christians, because as christians and follower of Jesus christ we have to repel violence with love and not reckless railings!

        • obinnna77

          Ridiculous comment. Christians are to blame for Boko haram, are they? Have you any idea how puerile you sound?

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Ayo Orisejafo if you are sincere tell Goodluck Jonathan to immidiately arrest Ali Sheriff and other sponsors of Boko Haram and stop this leapservice.

  • Ojukwu Chukwudi

    Commiserate with Buhasri and the people of Borno state if you are truly serious.

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