CAN issues final Boko Haram warning to Jonathan

 

Nigeria may be heading for anarchy as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Wednesday gave a “final call” to the Federal Government to stop the attacks by the extremist Jamatu Ahlis sunnah lil daawati wal jihad popularly referred to as Boko Haram or risk reprisals by “restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerians.”

The group which is the umbrella body of churches in Nigeria gave the warning at a press conference after a meeting of its leadership n Abuja.  The group’s position was read by the President of the body, Ayo Oritsejafor.

Mr. Oritsejafor stated that the Boko Haram “killings and bombings were being done to instill fears with the subsequent aim of eradicating religious freedom, democratic liberties with the church and Christianity as its primary target.”

The CAN President stated that his “first call to all peace-loving Nigerians is to remain calm in the face of all the insecurity challenges as I am aware that the greater part of the overall design is to instill fear in the populace.”

“I will now make final call to Nigerian Government to use all resources available to it to clearly define and neutralise the problem as other nations have done,” he said.

Mr. Oritsejafor warned that the Church could no longer restrain its members if the bombings continue.

“The Church leadership has hitherto put immense restraint on the restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerian but can no longer guarantee such cooperation if this trend of terror is not halted immediately,” he said.

The Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for several bombings and killings across Northern Nigeria leading to the death of hundreds of people. Several Churches have been attacked by the group as well as government buildings, police stations, markets and mosques.

See full text of Mr. Oritsejafor’s sppech below.
Ayo Oritsejafor. President of CAN
You will recall that our last press conference of Tuesday,March 6,2012,we told the nation that the bombings and killings of innocent Nigerians may be termed senseless but that it is not without a sense for those sponsoring the act. We also said the killings and bombings were being done according to their plans in order to instil fears with the subsequent aim of eradicating religious freedom, democratic liberties with the church and Christianity as its primary target.

The Nigerian Nation and the international community has been witness to the step by step escalation of violence against innocent citizens with the Christian and the Church suffering the greatest loss. We have persistently pleaded with Government to take courage and act to stop the surge of terror. At this point in the unfolding insecurity challenges, it has become irrelevant whether the root cause is political, religious, ethnic or ideological. The fundamental issues are that the intimidation, killings, bombings and wanton destruction of lives and properties must stop immediately.

As President of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) my first call to all peace loving Nigerians is remain calm in the face of all the insecurity challenges as I am aware that the greater part of the overall design is to instill fear in the populace. I will now make final call to Nigerian Government to use all resources available to it to clearly define and neutralise the problem as other nations have done. The Church leadership has hitherto put immense restraint on the restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerian but can no longer guarantee such cooperation if this trend of terror is not halted immediately.

 


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