The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said the forcible conversion to Islam of the Christians among the girls who were abducted from their school in Chibo, Borno shows Boko Haram’s agenda which is waging war against Christianity and Christian.
Condemning the conversion, Reverend Musa Asake, the national secretary of CAN said it was unacceptable and urged the federal government and the international community to act fast.
Yesterday the dreaded Boko Haram sect who abducted over 200 girls on April 14 during a night raid in Chibok, Borno posted a video clip online which showed the missing girls in an undisclosed area reciting a chapter from the Koran and they have all been converted to Islam.
In reaction to the video clip, Rev. Musa who said they were surprised that Boko Haram forced Christian girls to convert added that the forcible conversion goes to show that Boko Haram has a religious agenda.
“Our Muslim brothers told us that Islam is not by compulsion. This is a confirmation that Boko Haram is waging a war against Christianity,” CAN’s statement reads.
The association begged the insurgents to return the girls to their parents while also accusing the a Nigerian correspondent of the Cable News Network (CNN) of downplaying the fact that the majority of the abducted girls are Christians.
“Majority of the girls kidnapped are Christians, but he is downplaying this fact and misleading the world. We don’t know whose agenda he is executing but we are calling on him to let the world know the truth,” the statement said.
CAN also rejected Boko Haram’s demands of releasing their detained members in exchange for the abducted girls, saying the insurgents were criminals who deserved to face the wrath of the law.