CAN Condemns Killing Of Emir Of Gwoza, Urges Nigerians Not To Be Intimidated By Boko Haram

can_logoThe Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has decried Friday’s killing of the Emir of Gwoza, and the attack on two other Emirs, by suspected Boko Haram gunmen.

The three traditional rulers – the Emirs of Gwoza, Uba and Askira – were traveling in a convoy to Gombe State for the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe, when they were ambushed by the gunmen, who opened fire on them.

The Emir of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, died in the early morning attack while his colleagues narrowly escaped with some palace guards reportedly missing.

The umbrella body for Christians in Nigeria noted that the killing again demonstrates the “evil plans of Boko Haram”.

A statement by CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor read in part: “I am pained by the fact that the attack is coming at a time when the wise counsel of the traditional institution is most needed to fight insurgency in that part of the country and to help check moral decadence in our society”.

Ortisejafor urged Nigerians to resist all forms of intimidation by Boko Haram reminding them that keeping quiet in the face of the sect’s violent activities will not stop the insurgents from coming after them.

“I want to use this opportunity to remind Nigerians of the need to continue to unite in the fight against terrorism in our land, it is an act that we all must denounce and fight with all that we have got, probably the emirs were attacked for their condemnation of Boko Haram but this must not deter us”, he said.