This Day (Lagos)

23 January 2013

Nigeria: Ado Bayero - Oritsejafor Condemns Attack, Calls for Better Security

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The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has condemned last Saturday's gun attack on the octogenarian and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

The attack, in a release signed by his spokesperson, Kenny Ashaka, is disturbing and totally condemnable as he tasked the Federal Government on the need to do more in the area of securing Nigerians and Nigeria.

The release read in part: "Although Nigerians are yet to know those behind the barbaric act, I want to, again, appeal to northern political, religious and traditional leaders to say and do more in order to practically, engage those responsible for the 'madness' going on in the region and find ways to help end this nightmare.

"Too many innocent lives have been lost in unexplainable and avoidable circumstances and this reminds us of victims bombed in churches and those who have been killed by gunmen in their homes and places of worship.

He enjoined Nigerians, especially Christians, to join him and his team to fast and pray every last Friday of the month.

"I will like to remind Nigerians of my call to join me in fasting and prayers on the last Friday of every month, beginning from Friday, January 25, 2013. Nigerians should pray for God's mercy, an end to wickedness and peace over our dear nation."

He wished the Emir and his two injured sons quick recovery from the attack.

"As the Emir, his two sons and others injured in the attack, recuperate, I wish them speedy recovery and pray to the Almighty God that the healing process should be perfected. I also condole with the families of the local council chairman, the emir's driver and the three body guards who were killed in the attack," Oritsejafor stated.

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