Following yesterday’s Christmas Day bombings in which over 100 people were reportedly killed, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), today expressed fear that the situation in the country could degenerate into a religious war which Nigeria may not be able to survive.
In a statement signed by Saidu Dogo, the association’s Secretary, CAN wondered why, although the perpetrators of the violence and their sponsors are well known to the government of Nigeria, no serious or decisive actions have been taken to stem their nefarious activities.
It called on the federal government and those of the states that have been attacked by the religious militants to bring the perpetrators and their sponsors to justice, and on Christians, while being law-abiding, to defend themselves whenever the need arises.
Stating that the attacks have proved that some Islamic Fundamentalists want to exterminate Christianity in the Northern States, it assured all Christians that the church will not allow that to happen, and urged the Muslim Umma and Ulamas in Nigeria to live up to their responsibilities by calling to order all Islamic sects to have respect for human lives and stop the killings.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government and its security agents in trying to curtail these attacks,” the statement said. “However we are piqued that the efforts of Government are being undermined by the sponsors of the Islamic Fundamentalists in the North.
It called on governments at all levels to provide 24 hour-security protection to all churches, Christian Religious Institutions and organizations in the county, especially in the North.
It warned that in view of recent developments, the association may be compelled to make its own efforts and arrangements to protect the lives of innocent Christians and peace loving citizens of this country.