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Adamawa Attack: CAN Wants NSA, Defence Chief To Resign


By Ayo Balogun

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has condemned recent violent attack by Boko Haram, on innocent Christian civilians, police stations, prisons and military formations in different parts of Adamawa State.

National Security Adviser

National Security Adviser

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the umbrella body of Christians in the country, Rev. Musa Asake, maintained that the recent happenings in the North East part of the country had avidly confirmed CAN’s position all along that the Islamic group has no other mission than to annihilate all Christians in the region and install an Islamic regime.

Asake stated that apart from the military infrastructure that were torched by the terrorist group, the EYN Church, other churches as well as individuals targeted for destruction were all Christians and their places of worship.

According to the CAN scribe, the Federal Government should do well to explain to the nation the sins committed by the former National Security Adviser, late Gen. Owoeye Azazi who was summarily dismissed in June 2012. Was he sacked because of his Christian religion and to satisfy the cravings of his Muslim counterparts?

Continuing, Asake argued, that the President appointed a Muslim, Col. Sambo Dasuki to replace Gen. Azazi who was a Christian and later appointed another Muslim, Gen. Aliyu Gasau as Defence minister with a pledge to deal ruthlessly with the Boko Harām Islamic terrorists.

The major task handed down to Col. Dasuki and Gen. Gusau is to tackle Boko Haram insurgency, which was already threatening to spread into other regions of the country. But the question in the lips of every Nigerian Christians today is: “What changes have these two military tacticians brought to bear since they were appointed? What is the wisdom of entrusting the nation’s security in the hands of two relations from the North West? Why have these two relations from Sokoto and Zamfara states not changed their tactics in accordance with the presidential mandate given to them to root out the insurgents in the North East geo-political zone? Is this a game plan to eliminate people in that region and put them in perpetual subjugation?”

According to Asake, Nigerian Christians are no longer comfortable with the continued inclusion of these two individuals in the cabinet even as the Islamic terrorists have not only changed tactics severally but have conquered more territories and established more caliphates in the North East during their regime than at any other period.

CAN therefore wondered why the NSA and the Defence minister have not voluntarily resigned their appointments for poor coordination of relevant agencies to tackle the security challenges in the North East region of the country despite the huge budgetary allocations for the purpose.


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