The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Northern States chapter has disagreed with President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that the Boko Haram sect has killed more Muslims than Christians and that the menace is not a religious by nature.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Elder Sunday Oibe, the association expressed disbelief that Mr. Jonathan actually made that statement. It said it he did, it was “misleading and unacceptable,” pointing out that that Christians and their churches and businesses have been the major targets of the Boko Haram terror group.
“We want to believe that the president was misquoted; we don’t want to believe that with the security apparatus and reports from security intelligence network at his disposal, he made this type of assertion,” CAN said. “If it is true that Mr. President actually made this assertion, then, we are highly disappointed and sad at this veiled attempt to distort the facts as it concerns the activities of the Boko Haram sect.”
The association stressed that it has no record where a mosque was originally planned to be attacked by the sect. “We say this because there has never been any bomb that has been exploded in any mosque or targeted at any mosque in the entire activities of the Boko Haram sect in the north. The Boko Haram members even said that when a Muslim is killed, it is by mistake.”