The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor yesterday urged the Federal Government to expose members of the Boko Haram sect and their sponsors.
Oritsejafor described Kano’s suicide bombing as “utterly evil, tragic and condemnable”.
He urged the Kano State government to be more circumspective to forestall recurrence.
He said: “Those pro-terror people grew up among these Islamic
religious leaders and are Muslims. Whatever new kind of transformation
they have undergone that they have become terrorists should be blamed on
these leaders. Why are they rebelling against human values? Why do they
blow themselves up as suicide bombers? These leaders must re-examine
some of their weak points and deficiencies in their method of
According to a statement in Abuja by the Special Assistant, Media and Public Affair
to the CAN president, Kenny Ashaka: “The President of the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor commiserates with
the victims of Monday’s suicide bomb attack, the families and friends of
those who lost their lives and the Kano State Government. He prays that
God should repose the souls of the departed and console their grieving
families and loved ones.
“Pastor Oritsejafor notes the prevalence of attacks on Christians and
their Churches in the northern part of Nigeria in recent times, one of
which is the burning of a Church belonging to the Redeem Christian
Church of God, RCCG by unknown persons in Gusau, the Zamfara State
capital and the unconstitutional suspension of the only female and
Christian legislator in the Bauchi State House of Assembly on charges of
opposition to the relocation of the headquarters of a local council.
“In as much as his heart goes to the Muslim victims in this latest
suicide attack in Sabon Gari, Kano, a ward predominantly occupied by
indigenous and non-indigene Christians, he feels the attacks in Kano,
Gusau and the travails of the only Christian female legislator were a
signpost of the intended extermination of Christians and Christianity
from northern Nigeria.
“The Federal Government cannot continue
to condemn these heinous acts of the enemies of unity and agents of
death without prosecuting those already arrested. This does not add up
in any way. The Federal Government should do the right thing by
prosecuting those already in its net with proven record of complicity. I
plead with the government to fish out the sponsors of Jama’atul Ahlis
Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal commonly called Boko Haram and the Islamic group,
Jama’atu Ansaril Muslimina fi Sudan better known as Ansaru, an
al-Qaeda-aligned group and a splinter group which specialty is the
kidnapping and killing of Christian foreigners. Those betraying others
by working underground with enemies of the nation should also be fished
out and dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.
“The barbaric and sustained bomb and gun attacks on innocent
Nigerians are the reason why we in CAN are calling on the Federal
Government to support our call for the branding of the Boko Haram sect
as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, FTO.”