The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has accused southerners of being naïve in the midst of persecution of Christians in the north.
Pastor Oritsejafor made the accusation at the National Conference of Christian Elders Forum of Northern States (NOSCEF) where a broad spectrum of CAN officials and other Christian leaders gathered.
He informed the forum that indigenous Christians in the north are being wiped out, almost like an ethnic cleasing.
“We are naïve, we don’t really know the issues not to think and believe that everyone in the north is a muslim. I’m not always politically correct, but Boko Haram is the last phase of problem that has been here. This was how many people in the world knew that Chibok girls are Christians,” he said.
The CAN president said that the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and Boko Haram sect were aimed at destabilizing and Islamizing Nigeria.
According to him, the extremists plan to replicate what is happening in Iraq and create an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria.
“I heard the other day, somebody said we don’t know what Boko Haram wants, I don’t know what people mean by that, how can you be telling me you don’t know what they want. Right from the beginning, starting with their name, their real name said that they are propagating the message of the prophet and jihad, the last word in their name is jihad. They are out to establish an Islamic state. They have declared it more than a hundred times. That is what they are after.
“Look at what has just happened in Iraq, yesterday, a group has declared the caliphate an Islamic state, well, that is what most of these groups around the world want to do, what they want to do is to establish an Islamic state.”
Oritsejafor told the gathering that until Nigeria face the truth, the dwindling situation in the country would remain unabated.
He accused northern leaders of complacency in the midst of persecution of Christians in the northern part of the country.
The CAN president, citing his magnanimity to Muslims, said he had tremendous love for all them in the country and beyond.
“I am not the kind of man who hates Muslims. But I have time to wonder how many of my Muslims friends and leaders in the North have taken time to go to these Christians and sympathise with them.
“Today, at a point, they said all Christians should leave the North, indigenous Christians in the North are being wipe out, it is almost like an ethnic cleansing,” he said.