Boko Haram’s Plan is to wipe out Christians in the north —CAN
May 2, 2012 in Nigerian Current Affairs
The Southern Christian Association of Nigeria,CAN, has raised the alarm that there is an agenda to wipe out Christians in Northern Nigeria owing to series of bombing of churches in the north by the Islamic sect Boko Haram.
In a statement issued by southern CAN, comprising the 17 Southern States lamenting that the sect Boko Haram always attack churches and that the majority of casualties had always been Christians.
“We are particularly worried over the attack on the Church at Bayero University, Kano Campus, Kano, because reports indicate that the majority of those killed, including
two professors are Christians from Kogi State in North Central zone of the country. This is unacceptable to Christians from the Southern part of this country.
“That the gunmen walked past several Mosques on the campus and singled out the Church for this dastardly act has reinforced our belief that there is an agenda by those who carried out these acts to exterminate Christians in the North and Islamise the country,” said CAN in a statement signed by its Chairman, The Most Rev. N. D. Okoh and Dr. Joseph A. Ajujunwa, Secretary.
“We call on governors of the 17 Southern States, all political leaders, all grades of traditional rulers, Muslim leaders and all people of goodwill to join hands with the Federal Government of Nigeria to solve this menace that is threatening our National unity. No section of our society, whether Christian, Moslem, Atheist or adherent of other religions should sit on the fence and watch this evil grow with the erroneous belief that it is far from them, it is a real threat to all.
“We are being dragged into a situation where we may ask Christian parents of Southern extraction to relocate their children or wards from universities and other tertiary institutions in the North to the Southern part of the country for safety of their lives,” they stated.
The body pleaded with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and Secretariat, to be sensitive to the personal security of Southern Corps members and ensure that they were not put in harms-way by posting them to states without adequate protection for their lives.
They however,urged the elders and leaders of the North to show more concern for the plight of Southern children in their domain.
“In the present circumstance, it is difficult to trust that it is well and safe for these children as they are being re-assured by leaders in the North.
“We continue to appeal to both religious and political leaders, traditional rulers and leaders of thought to see that what is happening will do nobody any good. There will be no winner if Nigeria is eventually allowed to be destroyed. Even the perpetrators of these evil acts will be losers. There is need for all to support the Federal Government and Security Agencies with adequate intelligence report,” the statement said.
It added: “We wish to alert Nigerians and in deed the Federal Government of Nigeria that it is becoming increasingly difficult to restrain individuals and families who are bereaved of their loved ones from thinking of revenge. The only answer to this situation is for the Government to protect the people and save us from anarchy.
“The impression must not be given that certain individuals or groups are above the law of the land. The unity of Nigeria must be preserved at all costs.”