Attacks on Christians, CAN Indicts Government

By Samuel Oyejola


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has alleged that the government is complicit in the attacks on Christians in some parts of the country stressing that it is in attempt to islamise Nigeria.


The Christian body stated this in a communiqué issued after its leadership meeting in Lagos recently. This is coming in the wake of the meeting of the Christian body with President Muhammadu Buhari.


According to the communiqué, “there are visible evidence of Government complicity in attempt to islamise Nigeria”.


It would be recalled that Time Nigeria reported that the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Hassan Kukah accused the Buhari-led administration of not doing enough to protect Christians in the country.


Some Christian leaders told Time Nigeria that Bishop Kukah spoke on his personal capacity not for the Catholic Church or Christians in general.


A Christian leader told this medium in Abuja, “He (Kukah) said that on his own capacity. He has worked for government and he is always at the corridor of government. If he said that then it is in his own capacity as a Christian leader not the position of the Catholics or Christians in the country.”


At the meeting with President Buhari Time Nigeria reliably gathered that the leadership of CAN called the attention of the president to killings of Christians and destructions of place of worship in some northern parts of the country.


A source at the meeting told Time Nigeria that the president took his time to explain to the Christian leaders that the genesis of the attacks is from Libya during the Gadaffi era but after the death of the Libyan leader the people left with the weapon and migrated toward Nigeria.


“We went to the President we told him what we want him to do,” the source said. “He traced the genesis of the insecurity in the country to Libya and they migrated down. But the issue is that he remains the president of this country. He should mandate the law enforcement agents of the country to apprehend them, “the source said.


The communiqué also condemn the activities of Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram and the inability of security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.


They called on the National Assembly to comply and make public the list of all the international agencies and associations that Nigeria belongs to with the aim of removing Nigeria from religious international bodies. They stressed that this would be in conformity with section 10 of the constitution.


CAN also call on the government at all levels to initiate and implement policies that would provide employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the country.




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