Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: CAN to Christians - Defend Yourselves

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in 19 Northern states and Abuja on Monday told Christians to defend themselves against any attacks.

In a statement entitled "Can Nigeria Survive A Religious War", signed by its Secretary-General, Elder Saidu Dogo, CAN said, "enough is enough" of Boko Haram attacks and security agencies must arise and carry out their constitutional responsibilities.

"The Nigerian nation and indeed the Christian community in Nigeria and particularly those of us in the Northern part of the country witnessed yet another dark Sunday when Islamic fundamentalist in the North rained terror on innocent, peace-loving and harmless Christian worshippers on Christmas day at St Theresa's Catholic Church, Madalla , Niger State, and Mountain of fire and Miracle Church in Jos.

"Reports reaching us also indicate similar attacks in Damaturu the Yobe State capital. In these attacks, over hundred innocent souls were killed. We appreciate the efforts of the Federal

Government and its security agents in trying to curtail these attacks. However we are piqued that the efforts of Government are being undermined by the sponsors of the Islamic

Fundamentalists in the North. We are particularly disturbed that the perpetrators of these dastardly acts and their sponsors are well known to government and no serious or decisive actions have been taken to stem their nefarious activities."

Stating their resolution, the association stressed "We shall henceforth in the midst of these provocation and wanton destruction of innocent lives and property be compelled to make our own efforts and arrangements to protect the lives of innocent Christians and peace loving citizens of this country. We are therefore calling on all Christians to be law abiding but defend themselves whenever the need arises."

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