Group condemns abduction of CAN chairman

Group condemns abduction of CAN chairman

- The abduction of the Adamawa state chairman of the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been condemned by a group

- The group said the withdrawal of 1,200 Chadian troops meant to be supporting the counter-insurgency efforts for the abduction

- The group also said the abduction of the CAN chairman is another demonic plot by the terrorists to whip up sectarian anger targeted at breaking Nigeria up along religious lines

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has condemned the kidnap of the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika, Adamawa state, Lawan Andimi.

The group blamed the Boko Haram/Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) and withdrawal of 1,200 Chadian troops meant to be supporting the counter-insurgency efforts for the abduction.

In a statement released on Monday, January 6, the centre's director of communication and strategy, Roland Okupe, said the abduction of the CAN chairman is another demonic plot by the terrorists to whip up sectarian anger targeted at breaking Nigeria up along religious lines.

Okupe said Nigerians and the rest of the world knows the fact that Boko Haram/ISWAP are now pursuing the last leg of their agenda which is to target people of a particular religious group for evil as to portray Nigeria and the government as an ineffective in tackling the scourge of terrorism.

The centre appealed to Nigerians not to fall for this ploy by ensuring that they take holistic views of issues relating to the new wave of attacks by these terrorists.

Also demanding that Boko Haram/ISWAP immediately release Andimi and any other abducted Christian, Okupe urged the military and other security agencies not to leave any stone unturned in bringing perpetrators of the act to justice.

Okupe said: "The terrorists have discovered that they are no longer able to sow terror in the hearts of Nigerians hence the resort to provoking the Christian community into feeling persecuted in the hope that they will then launch indiscriminate attacks on Muslims in a way that will result in mutual destruction of the adherents of both major religions in Nigeria."

"We appeal to Nigerians not to fall for this ploy by ensuring that they take wholistic views of issues relating to the new wave of attacks by these terrorists who now seem fixated on causing sectarian provocations in the hope that the strategy will help them destabilize Nigeria," Okupe added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a captain of the Nigerian Army and four soldiers were killed by some gunmen in an ambush in Sarkin Pawa in Munya local government area of Niger state.

Three other soldiers were also injured in the attack that left the captain who led the soldiers - a staff sergeant, two corporals in an operation in the area.

It was gathered that the deceased were said to have responded to a distress call by residents of Gwar community in Munya local government area when the incident took place.

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