Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Story by Dorcas Ajuwon

Ohanaeze, PANDEF, Afenifere, ACF and others have accused the Federal Government of the negligence towards the killing of the eleven Christians by a Boko Haram affiliate.

It would be recalled that the terrorist murdered the Christians on the 25th December, 2019 which in turn has generated controversies from Christian Associations on why the Federal Government kept quiet about it.

According to them, the action of the terror group is evil as well as inhuman and barbaric.

They also carpeted the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, President-General of Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, who had few days earlier, said he was shocked by the claim of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, that Christians were being persecuted in the country.

Also, Christian Concern, ICC, has expressed displeasure at the unimpressive response of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto to the issue of persecution of Christians in some parts of the country, stating that instead of pursuing the genuine and positive steps towards curbing Islamic militancy in the country, Nigerian Muslim leaders have continued to be hypocritical and live in blatant denial of the truth.

While Speaking in Abuja, CAN’s Vice Chairman (Northern region), Rev. John Hayab, said the beheading of 11 Christians by ISWAP shows that the Federal Government has been paying lip service to the issue of security.

“We want action from President Buhari, not mere words. We have been praying for our security agencies to win the war against insurgency but it appears nothing is working because the government has failed to live up to its responsibility of protecting lives and properties.

“Christians are tired of receiving sympathies and condolence messages from the government whenever Boko Haram groups kill non-Muslims. The last time was three Christians that were murdered. On Christmas, it was 11 persons. The next time may involve 30 people.”

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