3 May 2012

Nigeria: Boko Haram Killings, Attempt to Wipe Out Christians - CAN

Kaduna — The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that the continued attacks by the Boko Haram sect on Christians and churches across the Northern states, is a deliberate attempt to wipe out Christians from the region.

Chairman of CAN in the state, Reverend Sam Kraakevik Kujiyat, in a statement said the attacks and killings of Christians in Bayero University, Kano were barbaric.

"Nigerians, especially Christians should not be fooled into believing that the Boko Haram sect does not spare anyone. This is because their attacks against their Muslim brothers are either accidental or against those they see as working against their agenda. Their main targets are Christians and their places of worship.

When did the sect ever invade a Friday Muslim prayer session, and open fire on Muslims worshippers? No record of such.

When will Christians of Northern extraction enjoy the religious freedom enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? It is sad that Christians in the Northern states are being sacrificed on the altar of religious extremism of the Boko Haram sect.

Christians in the predominantly Muslim Northern states are being short-changed as second class citizens. Our Muslim brethren in Southern federal and state universities, like Nsukka and Calabar were provided land and they built their Mosques there.

Sadly, Northern federal universities like Bayero University Kano and Usman Danfodiyo Sokoto, among others have denied Christians land to erect chapels. Christian staff and students have only lecture halls or open spaces for services in Nigeria, their own country," Kujiyat said.

According to him, Boko Haram sect is not a creation of poverty, but a creation of wicked, political interest groups pursuing selfish ends by fanning the embers of satanic hate, extremism and terrorism.

While sympathizing with victims and families of those who have been killed, the association prayed God to grant political leaders and security agents wisdom and boldness to bring an end to the crisis.

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