Press Release: CAN President Statement On Kano Suicide Bombing


The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor commiserates with the victims of Monday’s suicide bomb attack, the families and friends of those who lost their lives and the Kano State Government. He prays that God should repose the souls of the departed and console their grieving families and loved ones.

Pastor Oritsejafor notes the prevalence of attacks on Christians and their Churches in the northern part of Nigeria in recent times, one of which is the burning of a Church belonging to the Redeem Christian Church of God, RCCG by unknown persons in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital and the unconstitutional suspension of the only female and Christian legislator in the Bauchi State House of Assembly on charges of opposition to the relocation of the headquarters of a local council.

In as much as his heart goes to the Muslim victims in this latest suicide attack in Sabon Gari, Kano, a ward predominantly occupied by indigenous and non-indigene Christians, he feels the attacks in Kano, Gusau and the travails of the only Christian female legislator were a signpost of the intended extermination of Christians and Christianity from northern Nigeria.

The CAN President believes that the suicide bombing of a Lagos-bound 59 seater luxury bus which killed 25 people by “those whose inhumanity and vicious behavior terrifies Nigerians”, is utterly evil, tragic and condemnable.

He asks the Kano State Government to be more circumspective and to liase effectively with security agencies in the state in order to forestall future occurrence since Kano has become one of the critical stages of Boko Haram violence, a place where violence is likely to break out suddenly.

“The Federal Government cannot continue to condemn these heinous acts of the enemies of unity and agents of death without prosecuting those already arrested. This does not add up in any way. The Federal Government should do the right thing by prosecuting those already in its net with proven record of complicity. I plead with the government to fish out the sponsors of Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal commonly called Boko Haram and the Islamic group, Jama’atu Ansaril Muslimina fi Sudan better known as Ansaru, an al-Qaeda-aligned group and a splinter group which specialty is the kidnapping and killing of Christian foreigners. Those betraying others by working underground with enemies of the nation should also be fished out and dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land”.

The barbaric and sustained bomb and gun attacks on innocent Nigerians is the reason why we in CAN are calling on the Federal Government to support our call for the branding of the Boko Haram sect as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, FTO. The Federal Government should liase with the international community and obtain their expertise in order to deal with the terror acts.

Pastor Oritsejafor praised the nation’s security agencies for upholding the tenets of their profession but said intelligence gathering and sharing of information by all the arms of the Nigerian security will boost their job and help to bring the insurgents on their knees. He, therefore, called on Nigerians to volunteer information to the various arms of the nation’s security agencies.

He also called on members of the sect to remember that in Islam, killing a human is an act that is equal in gravity to unbelief and regretted that some religious leaders and immature Clerics have no other weapon to hand than their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam which they use to engage people in struggle that serve their purpose.

Those pro-terror people grew up among these Islamic religious leaders and are Muslims. Whatever new kind of transformation they have undergone that they have become terrorists should be blamed on these leaders. Why are they rebelling against human values? Why do they blow themselves up as suicide bombers? These leaders must re-examine some of their weak points and deficiencies in their method of preaching. The proponents of Amnesty to Boko Haram sect members should have a rethink and join concerned Nigerians to fish out these bloodthirsty and callous killers that reside among them.

I call on Islamic religious leaders to rise and expose those who have sullied the good face of Islam, those who have created a contaminated image of their religion. Those who speak about the perversion of their religion should condemn those replacing Islamic logic with their feelings and desires. For the growth of a well developed younger generation, we, the religious leaders, must work together to solve this problem of terror, an instrument that is certainly not approved by God.

God bless Nigeria.

Kenny Ashaka

Special Assistant (Media & Communication) to CAN President



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