- The war of words between the Christian Association of Nigeria and the presidency is still ongoing
- The Christian body also accused the government of treating captured terrorists with kid gloves
- The leader of the body says it would keep speaking out until the government publishes names of terrorist kingpins it has in custody among other things
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused the federal government of supporting activities of Boko Haram, Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), and other terrorist groups in the country.
CAN also accused the government of treating captured terrorists with kid gloves, daring the Buhari's government to prove Christians wrong by “publishing 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.”
In a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, January 7 by his spokesman, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, CAN dismissed comments by the presidency that the association is doing the bidding of terrorists.
Part of the statement read: “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 the Boko Haram terrorists.
“The government should wake up to its primary responsibilities 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 predominantly 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.
“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.”
Recall that the presidency had warned CAN to abstain from further comments that could encourage Boko Haram members in their attacks.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, on Tuesday, January 7, said the Boko Haram group aims to pitch Nigerians against themselves using religious intolerance.
According to him, the activities of CAN as a result of attacks by Boko Haram members would make the terrorists the happiest.
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