- CAN has commended the Nigerian federal government for admitting that the incessant Boko Haram attacks were targeted at Christians
- The leaders of the Christian group described the government's admittance “the beginning of the end of denial”
- The minister of information and culture had stated that Christians were attacked by terrorists s to create a religious war in the country
In a report by The Sun, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) leadership in 19 Northern States and FCT hailed the federal government for acknowledging that Boko Haram insurgents were targeting Christians to divide the country.
Rev Joseph John Hayab, vice-chairman, CAN, 19 Northern States and the FCT, in a statement on Friday, February 28, said the complaints that they made about the kidnapping and killing of Christians in the northern part of the country was not to attack anyone.
He went on to note that the protests were to help the government to wake up to its duties and wasn't an attack as it was perceived by some people. Hayab in the statement described FG's recent admittance as “the beginning of the end of denial”.
The CAN vice-chairman further urged the federal government to use the recent admittance by the minister of information to come up with strategies as to how worship places by Christians, their leaders, and the people will be protected.
He said: “CAN in the 19 Northern States and FCT is happy to hear that, at last, some truths are coming out from the theatre of denial that we have seen displayed by the Nigerian government over the past years.
“Every honest and right-thinking Nigerian and non-Nigerians alike following the deadly killings in Nigeria must have recognised that Boko Haram and other killer groups have been targeting Christians for reasons only known to them.
“However, whenever CAN cries out, the response we get from some overzealous representatives of government is that our claims are not correct. The worst of this denial was when our dear President had the privilege to write a column on one famous Christian magazine where his writers chose to use that platform to expose themselves as peddlers of falsehood.
“Our cry has never been to discredit anyone or the government, but the focus has been that those in power should admit the truth about what was happening to Christians in Nigeria, not as a sign of failure but an honest way to finding a workable lasting solution to the evil on going in our land."
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Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian government has revealed why the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents are targetting some Christians and their churches in the northern part of the country.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, raised the alarm at a media briefing on Thursday, February 27, in Abuja, that the insurgents were trying to divide the country.
The minister said the insurgents didn't discriminate between Christians and Muslims when they carried out their attacks in the past. He said the new strategy by the insurgents revealed that they were targeting Christians and Christian villages to trigger a religious war and throw the nation into chaos.
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