Boko Haram: CAN Urges FG To Take Latest Threat Seriously

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The Northern section of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the federal government and security agencies to take the latest threat against Christians by the Boko Haram terrorist group with all seriousness, to avert further destruction of lives and property.

The religious body also urged Christians all over the country to be vigilant, prayerful and to take the security of their environment very seriously.

The Northern CAN, covering the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in a reaction to recent threats by the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, maintained that Christians have always believed that the Islamic sect was out to wipe out Christianity and urged the Presidency and its security apparatus to buckle up before the sect and its sponsors plunge the country into chaos.

Reports said Shekau sent an email to some journalists, declaring that the sect was fighting President Jonathan and his Christian brethren, and that Nigerians should be under no illusion that the sect was not fighting a religious war.

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“They try to brainwash the people that we are fighting an ethnic war. No, we are fighting a religious war, we are fighting Jonathan, we are fighting Christians”, Shekau was reported to have said in the email.

Reacting to the development however, spokesman of Northern CAN, Mr. Sunday Oibe said the Christian community in Nigeria has never been deceived from the fact that the issue of Boko Haram is a religious war against Christianity.

“We have been saying this loud and clear that Boko Haram is out to eliminate Christianity but some people, who want to play politics out of this, said Boko Haram is not a declaration of war against Christianity.

“Now what the Islamic group is saying is a confirmation of what we have always believed. But the question we want to ask is this: what has Christians done to them? We have tolerated them (Boko Haram) for a long time and we want to tell them that there is a limit to which we can tolerate the killing of Christians and the destruction of their property.

“We want to tell them that no country survives a religious war and they should not plunge this country into any of that”, Oibe said.

Speaking further, he noted, “the fact that Christians have tolerated all murderous and destructive activities of Boko Haram for too long do not mean they would be allowed to continue with their evil, inhuman and ungodly act.”

Oibe, who said the threat was a declaration of war against the Nigerian society, therefore called on the Presidency and the security agencies to take the threat very seriously.

He also appealed to Muslim leaders in the North to call the sect members to order and stop them from attacking Christians, adding that Christians were not the problem of the North.

“If it is the issue of poverty in the North, it is not the Christians that are responsible for that; it is the Northern Muslims that rule this country for many years that should be held responsible for the poverty in the North, not the Christians.

“In fact the Christians are the most disadvantaged people, particularly in the north. They deny us of things that will make life meaningful to us. Christians in the North are being marginalised and discriminated, so why is Boko Haram declaring war on Christians.

“We are using this opportunity to call on the international community to take this latest threat with all seriousness by cooperating with the Nigerian government to protect the lives and property of Christians and flush these people out of our society.

“We urged Christians in every community across the country to be very vigilant, to be prayerful and to take the security of their environment very, very seriously.

“This was how they issued their threats in the past and they carried out their attacks. The federal government and the security agencies and indeed well-meaning Nigerians must not allow Boko Haram, their agents and sponsors to succeed again in their evil deeds,” Oibe said.

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  • This statement is full of politics, that is why i always doubt the authenticity of these people called bh. Is like Gej trying to attrack symphaty from Nigerians particularly christians now that he is fast drowning. This kind of statements are his tartics.

  • I am advising everyone to go and read a Book Titled(Who Is Allah) Then You will Really know whom Allah is and Also what pushes Muslims All Round The world to Kill People in the name of Allah.This Terror did not start today.We have to trace it back from they days of Usman dan Fodio, Usman also spelled Uthman or Usuman, Arabic ʿUthmān Ibn Fūdī (born December 1754, Maratta, Gobir, Hausaland [now in Nigeria]—died 1817, Sokoto, Fulani empire), Fulani mystic, philosopher, and revolutionary reformer who, in a jihad (holy war) between 1804 and 1808, created a new Muslim state, the Fulani empire, in what is now northern Nigeria.Islam is a blood tasting Religion Right From Day One.So for me; it is not a new thing to me because i know them and their history very well.

  • @John , u r displaying gross ignorance . Don’t mind calling u an educated illiterate . Do u know that Allah is just an arabic word for God . What do christains in arab countries call God ? If u cant think properly don’t infect other people with your stupidity. Where in the religion that it is said you should kill for God ? You are just one of the problems of modern day nigeria cod u fuel religious fanaticism. Please go and read well on our islam and christainity spread round the world. Do you know about the crusaders ? How did they spread Christianity ?
    For God sake go and read . You need to know more . No religion in the world preaches murder.

  • All well meaning Nigerians should understand that this is not the time to trade words, but rather to take action. The government of Jonathan should just do more to rise up to this challenge and stamp out terrorism in Nigeria. No responsible government will tolerate this wickedness against humanity irrespective the religious group claiming responsibility. The only way to safe any society from chaos is for the government to be alive to its responsibilities and summon the courage to treat criminals as criminals without any form of class exception or religious bias.

  • @ STANLEY & MUSLIMS JESUS IS D PRINCE OF PEACE CHECK ENGLISH VERSION OF QURAN SURAH 19 OF MARIAM VS 33. ISLAM D ZENITH OF WICKEDNESS,SURAH 2 AL-BAQARA VS 190,191,195& 216. JESUS IS COMING BACK TO JUDGE D WORLD SURAH 3VS 55,56,19VS33. MOHAMMED DOES NT KNOW HIS DESTINATION, 46 AL-AHQAF (PART 26) VS 9, TO HELL SURAH 3VS49,4VS17,46VS9. JESUS D WAY D TRUTH & LIFE NOBODY GOES TO GOD EXCEPT THRU JESUS JOHN 14VS6,SURAH 4 AN-NISA VS 171. I WAS ALSO BLIND LIKE U BUT NOW I CAN SEE. ALL THESE BOKO HARAM AR D SIGN OF END TIME RECORDED IN MATTEW 24VS 5-13. THERE IS STILL OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT AV PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WT JESUS & STOP BEING RELIGEOUS, HE’S WAITING TO RECEIVE U.

  • Ooh my! People can be so calous n arrogantly stupid…@lola if u can’t coat the very part Of the Quran…stop decieving people as if u know it…stupid antichrist u are. If u wanna critise b contructive dont coat with empty head (the idiot Lola realised that if actually coat these verses in the Quran he mentioned he will be baseless so, he wobbled over everything to decieve)

  • wickedness cam never ever overcome good. boko haram or whatever they say they are, are not the voice of the muslims in general. we have good muslims among us though few. god bless us all

  • Boko harm says they ar fightin f islam bt they ar nt d voice of isalm nor their defenders. They ar ppl witout destiny on earth but fallen angels or grp of aliens on earth in human form. True human who ar joinin thm in their evil ar big fools,fightin nonsense religious war. If not that our govt is playing politics , their evil work wul hv ended. No one wil tel me if Obama were to be our president or even OBJ this menace wul nt hv ended. GEJ is one of d most distrcted president by those surrondin him in d history of Nigeria governance .He shul forget 2015 cos he is too weak to lead so that d contry will nt spit in a full blown civil war as Syria, come 2015. U cnt surround ur sef with ppl prone to corruption n be nt involved, n thereby being all involving in weakness n weakening Nigeria.

  • The Final Sermon:

    After praising, and thanking God, the Prophet, may God send His praises upon him said:

    “O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again.  Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

    O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust.  Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners.  Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.  Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds.  God has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived.  Your capital, however, is yours to keep.  You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.  God has Judged that there shall be no interest, and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abd’al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived…

    Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion.  He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

    O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you.  Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under a trust from God and with His permission.  If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness.  Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.  And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

    O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God, perform your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan, and offer Zakat.  Perform Hajj if you have the means.

    All mankind is from Adam and Eve.  An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; white has no superiority over black, nor does a black have any superiority over white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action.  Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.  Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly.  Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

    Remember, one day you will appear before God and answer for your deeds.  So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

    O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born.  Reason well, therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you.  I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.

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