Vanguard (Lagos)

29 November 2012

Nigeria: Confront Northern Govs Over Boko Haram Killings, CAN Tells Southern Govs

Awka — THE national leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday in Awka berated Southern governors over their continued silence on the constant killing of Christians in the North by the Boko Haran Islamist sect.

According to CAN, it is time for the Southern governors to confront their Northern counterparts on the issue.

CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in an emotion-laden address he delivered at the opening ceremony of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of CAN in Awka, described as improper a situation where Southern Nigerian leaders, especially the governors, had continued to shy away from the issue of Boko Haran insurgency in Nigeria when innocent people were being massacred on a daily basis.

Pastor Oritsejafor's call came as Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State advised Christians in the South to block all Government Houses to force the governors to do something without further delay.

Pastor Oritsejafor said: "Those of us who receive daily distress calls from relations of victims of the sect members and our men on ground know how it feels.

"Since July 26, 2009, when the sect members had their first clash with security agencies in Bauchi till today, Nigerians and in particular, Christians, have been subjected to all sorts of harm.

"The barbaric activity of the sect is the reason why I am calling on the governors of the 17 Southern states to come together to hold periodic meetings where issues affecting their people as they concern Boko Haram, would be tackled."

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