- The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the north has summoned an emergency meeting to discuss the incidents and the failure of government to stop the killings of Christians in the north
- The Borno state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Abubakar Naga, warns that Christians would resist any plan to Islamise the country under any guise
- Urges the government to take action against the perpetrators of the killings The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the north has summoned an emergency meeting to discuss recent killings of Christians in Zamfara and Kaduna state.
Recall that eight people were killed on Monday, August 22, when a mob set the house of a man ablaze for rescuing an undergraduate, who was accused of blasphemy in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara state.
Also on Monday, gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen killed three persons, including a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Luka Ubangari, at Unguwan Anjo in the Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state. The northern CAN, told the Punch on Tuesday, August 23, that the emergency meeting is expected to hold in Maiduguri on August 26, adding that it summoned the meeting to discuss the incidents and the failure of government to bring the perpetrators to book.
Bishop Abubakar Naga, who is the Borno state chairman of CAN and spokesperson for the 19 northern states’ CAN chairmen said Christians would resist any plan to Islamise the country under any guise. He said: “Islamisation of Nigeria is not possible. Christians will never allow that, Nigeria is a secular country and no religion will dominate others.
“Christians have become targets of attacks. So, we are having an emergency meeting in Maiduguri on August 26. “The government must take action and if it does not take any action, it means there is collaboration between the government and the perpetrators of the killings.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has described the mob killings in Zamfara as barbaric and unacceptable. The president via his Twitter handle on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the law will take its course. He promised to work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever under his watch.