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CAN Expresses Worry On Nigeria’s “Macabre Dance Of Death”

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…Demands Government To Check The Menace

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed worry over indifference of Government on recent attacks on Christians in different parts of the country, thus called on the authorities to rise up to the situation, so as to check the menace.

While citing different cases, CAN alerted that the Federal and States’ authorities intervention was urgently needed before the situation escalates into an “unmanageable national crisis”.

In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, CAN reiterated that authorities must do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice “if the confidence of Christians” on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government must be maintained.

The body declared: “The unprovoked attacks on Christians and the authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and may not be tolerated anymore, inasmuch as we will continue to call on Christians to remain tolerant and law abiding, it is becoming inevitable to also call on them to buckle up and be ready to defend themselves against these incessant unprovoked and mindless attacks.

“The recurring decimal of violence and murder of innocent Nigerian citizens on the basis of religious intolerance demands specific and relevant response from all concerned citizens in the country more so when the government in power seems to have adopted an attitude of lukewarm response to the evils being perpetrated in Nigeria in the name
of religion.

“The discrimination against non-Muslims in Nigeria under the Buhari’s Administration is assuming a dangerous dimension that should not be left to the vagaries of time and circumstance to resolve”.

CAN restated that with the ongoing and the lukewarm attitude by the authorities concern toward putting an end to it, Nigeria was “dancing a macabre dance of death, both for the nation and for its citizens”, insisting that, it was time to “stop the beat and let common sense guide the nation out of the present quagmire”.

Among others, the association stated it received with rude shock and disbelief the report of yet another religious hatred motivated gruesome murder of a dedicated 42 year old Christian mother of seven children, Mrs. Eunice Elisha, last Saturday who was brutally killed during a Christian evangelism, in Kubwa area of Abuja.

CAN also recalled about a month ago in Kano, the case of Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, a 74 year old Christian was murdered at Wambai market due to an altercation with a Muslim man who came to the front of her shop to perform ablution.

It bemoaned fresh but sad news of the Fulani herdsmen militia renewed attack, resulting to the killing of 81 people in multiple attacks in Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state in central Nigeria.

“In recent times, there have been multiple cases of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on various Christian communities, all over the nation. In the South East and in the South South zones, there have been gruesome attacks on IPOB members and on Christian communities in the Niger Delta” CAN noted.

The association regretted the mentioned cases and other were in addition to the relentless attacks of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and southern Borno.

In the meantime, the Christian association body has commiserated with the families affected by the mindless orgies of death, destruction as well as with the entire Christian community in Nigeria.

It prayed God to comfort and strengthen the families of all the Nigerians affected in the “unwarranted murders unleashed upon the nation by religious extremists”.

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