The Christian Association of Nigerian, CAN, has asserted that nothing will make it stop complaining about the state of insecurity as it affects Christians in the captivity of terrorists until there is a change.
The Christian group made the assertion on Tuesday in a swift response to the warning by the Presidency that it should not submit to the wish of terrorists who planned to cause disharmony in the country using religious sentiments.
In its response in a statement issued by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to CAN president, Dr Samson Ayokunle, CAN said crying out for the freedom of its members in terrorists’ captivity was not submitting to their wish.
It said rather, the government should wake up to its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people instead of asking it to stop complaining.
“Calling on the federal government to free our members from their captors who claim to be attacking us for religious sake is the right thing to do in this situation we have found ourselves,” the religious group said.
The statement by CAN reads in full:
We Will Continue Talking About Insecurity Until Situation Changes – CAN
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is not doing the bidding of the terrorists by crying out for the freedom of our members in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists.
The government should wake up to its primary responsibility which is to protect the lives and property of the people. Calling on the federal government to free our members from their captors who claim to be attacking us for religious sake is the right thing to do in this situation we have found ourselves. These criminals are targeting the predominant Christian communities, killing, maiming and abducting the people with or without any resistance from the security agencies is unprecedented. Let the government wake up to its responsibilities and see if we will not stop talking about its failure to protect our members. That is not politicisation of religion. The governor of Borno State is shouting that the soldiers are extorting money from the people instead of defending them.
If the government has not been treating those criminals with kid gloves, let them publish names of their kingpins, of the terrorists, herdsmen killers and bandits in their custody and those who are being prosecuted in the court of law for the world to see. How many Christians are heading any of the security agencies in the country? We are praying for the government on daily basis but that does not mean where the government is failing we should keep quiet. Since Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls have been crying for help, there is nothing on ground to show that the government has been sensitive to their plight. The only reason why they are in captivity is because they are Christians, no more, no less. That the government is condemning the terror attacks is not the same thing as stopping the attacks and arresting the criminals responsible or are they telling us they are spirits? Telling us to keep quiet is adding salt to our injuries.
Last week, it was Adamawa and on Monday, this week it was Kaduna State where 41 people were kidnapped! As long as the unpleasant situations in the country remain the same, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria will not keep quiet since that is the only thing we can do aside from praying for the captives.