The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared Sunday 29 April, 2018 as a national day of protest against unending killings in the country. CAN also dedicated the same day for prayers for the freedom and liberty of one of the abducted Dapchi girls, Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls and others still in captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, CAN urged Christians in Nigeria to hold peaceful protest on the date on their various church premises, demanding the Federal Government and the security agencies to stop the unending killings and bloodshed across the country.
According to the statement by the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address issues about sustained killings, attacks and destruction of their property in Nigeria.CAN appealed to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to, in national interest, mount different effective plans aimed towards disarming herdsmen across the northern states and in communities where they have been wreaking havoc across the country.
The group reminded all Christians in the country the importance of the 2019 general election and the need for them to fully participate by trooping to obtain their voter’s cards to vote in a new set of political leaders who could guarantee their safety.The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) alleged that the serial killings in Christians-dominated towns in the northern region was a full jihad declared on Christians in the country.
The National President of the group, Mr. Daniel David Kadzai, told journalists at the Yola International Airport yesterday that the fabrication of the term herdsmen was a cover-up designed by government to shield the perpetrators of the jihadist activities.He pointed out that the different reasons given for the killings by President Buhari and his security chiefs were a confirmation that government knew those caring out the genocide against Christians, but were covering them with fake reasons.
“The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said it was farmers-herdsmen clash, the Minister of Defence Mansur Dan- Ali said it was blockage of cattle routes, President Buhari told his foreign host that it was fighters from Libya carrying out the genocide against Nigerian Christians. The question is: if they are fighters from Libya, why is President Buhari not declaring them terrorists? The different narrations of the security chiefs on the killings are a clear testimony that this government is shielding the jihadists,” he stated.