The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday accused the Federal Government of backing terrorists groups in Nigeria especially Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).
The accusation was made by the President of the Association, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, who dared the government to prove it wrong by “publishing names of kingpins of the terrorists, herdsmen, killers and bandits in their custody and those who are being prosecuted in the court of law for the world to see, if the government has not been treating those criminals with kid gloves”.
Ayokunle spoke through a statement issued by his spokesman, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji.
He insisted that he would keep talking until the right things were done and Adamawa State CAN Chairman Rev. Lawan Andimi, abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists last week, was released.
The statement said further: “The CAN is not doing the bidding of the terrorists by crying out for the freedom of our members in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists. The government should wake up to its primary responsibility, which is to protect the lives and property of the people.
“Calling on the Federal Government to free our members from their captors, who claim to be attacking us for religious sake, is the right thing to do in this situation we have found ourselves.
“These criminals are targeting predominant Christian communities, killing, maiming and abducting the people with or without any resistance from security agencies. This is unprecedented. Let the government wake up to its responsibilities and see if we will not stop talking about its failure to protect our members.
“That is not politicisation of religion. The governor of Borno State is shouting that the soldiers are extorting money from the people instead of defending them.”