Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Bombing - Christian Youths Warn Boko Haram

ABA — THE National Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has warned the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram, that it would retaliate any further attack on churches and Christians in any part of the country.

The group declared this threat yesterday in a communiqué issued at the United Evangelical Church, Ogbor Hill, Aba, Abia State, after a two day meeting on "Peace, Dialogue and Reconciliation" attended by over 68 youth leaders from the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

National President of the Youth Wing of CAN, PATRIOT A.S, DOLLY (JP), who read the communiqué at the end of the meeting, warned that Christian youths in the country were now ready for war and would match violence with violence in reaction to the incessant threat to lives and properties of Christians, especially in Northern Nigeria and the recent Christmas day bombings in Madalla, Jos and Maidugiri.

The Youth CAN observed "that the Christmas day bombings was uncalled for, totally unacceptable and a direct attack on Christianity. That the year 2011 bombing was the climax of attacks on the church and that the tolerance of the Christian community is the major contributor to the continued existence of Nigeria"

They maintained that the current terrorism act falls short of any expectations and was baseless without motive by the faceless group called Boko Haram which has rained terror on defenseless women and children mostly Christians.

The Youth CAN called on 'the Federal Government to rise up to expectations. The Security chiefs should be given an ultimatum to decisively deal with the perpetrators and sponsors of the Boko Haram or be shown the way out"

They said "the Christian youths from the Northern and Southern parts of the country have after a thorough deliberations on the ills of the past agreed to forgive one another and work together in the best interest of Christianity".

They called on the National Assembly "to review the current anti-terrorism act to place death sentence on perpetrators and sponsors no matter their status".

The Youth CAN called on the Federal Government to ensure that proactive measure be taken to avoid similar attacks on churches and Christians, failure of which may leave us with no option than to rise up to defend ourselves.

The Christian Youths sympathized with the families who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate Christmas day bombing and those who sustained various degrees of injuries.

Among Christian youth leaders that attended the conference included Evang. Musa D. Misal North East Zonal Chairman, Emmanuel Martins, South-South, Emmanuel James G, North West, Apostle Zion Obiefuna, South East, Evang. Sam Eke, North Central, Adeyemi Timothy O. South West, Vincent Ogbonnah among others.

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