The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has squarely placed the blame for the continued attack on Nigerian Christians, especially those in the north, by Boko Haram terrorist sect on the Federal Government because of what the Christian body described as its cavalier approach to the problem and endless prevarications.
In a statement from the office of the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejeafor, the supreme Christian body in Nigeria deprecated last Sunday’s attacks on Christian congregations in Kaduna and Zaria which casualty was put at 100 Christian death contrary to – the lower official statistics of 20.
Tracing the ordeals of Christians in Northern Nigeria, the statement noted that apart from the bomb attacks, “there are isolated cases of murder and sporadic attacks in some villages in the north targeted at Christians”.
Convinced that “the federal government appear confused whether to fight it all out or to negotiate with the extremist sect”, CAN called on “the American government to quickly designate the Boko Haram sect as a foreign terrorist organsation”, which the body even considers long overdue. CAN also urged the federal government to tackle the menace as quickly as possible as Christians are running out of patience.
In another development, CAN has hailed the recent verdict of an Abuja high Court declaring unconstitutional the establishment of an Islamic Bank in Nigeria by the Central Bank Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
In a statement CAN said that tahe ruling by Hon Justice Gabriel Kolawole vindicated CAN’s stand consistent on the issue adding that it has shown that “more than any other religion in Nigeria, national interest is most paramount in the hearts of Christians in taking decisions that affect all and sundry”.
Noting that non-interest financial services should be done without discrimination against non-mulsims, CAN stressed that CBN’s role should be to issue religion neutral guidelines on Non-Interest Financial Institutions (NIFI) leaving the faith-based aspects to the promoters based on their religious convictions “as is the case in non-Islamic countries around the world”.
While re-iterating that Nigeria is a secular sate and a multi-religious society, CAN called on government to ensure that CBN complied with the court judgment as well as with the extant provisions of the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act.
Meanwhile, CAN has expressed utter disappointment with the scandalous corruption cases rocking the National Assembly Committees investigating some private and public officer.
However, CAN has urged the federal government not to sweep under the carpet the National Assembly reports on fuel subsidy probe and others.