Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 June 2012

Nigeria: Northern CAN Condemns Blast

Kaduna — The northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the bomb attack on churches in Bauchi yesterday, saying it was "barbaric, satanic, evil and unacceptable to Christians".

A statement by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Oibe, said what happened in Bauchi once more confirmed the agenda of Islamic Boko Haram sect to exterminate Christians from the North and enthrone the Sharia Islamic law in Nigeria.

"In the light of the continued suicide bombings and attacks on churches in the North, we call on the federal government not to entertain any overtures from the so called Northern Elders Forum because they have displayed crass sense of inability in calling the terrorists in their midst to order", he said.

"This is quite different from the situation in the Niger-Delta where true elders combed the creeks to prevail on their aggrieved youths to drop their arms. The fact that these members of the Boko Haram sect have continued with unabated attacks on churches and Christians in spite of the so called elders shows that they have lost respect in their various constituencies. This has also shown that the Northern Elders Forum members are not true representatives of the people of the North but are just a clique of personalities who are after their personal interests," he said.

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