The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has expressed sadness at the unfortunate incident in Zaria, Kaduna State, which led to the killing of some people, including Mahmud, the son of a renowned Islamic scholar and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.
It also condemned Sunday’s bomb blast in Kano.
Mahmud and 10 others were killed in a clash between Nigerian soldiers and Shiite Muslims in Zaria on Friday. About 40 others were also injured during the clash, which has forced military authorities to set up a panel of inquiry.
Also, five people were killed in a bomb blast, which targeted church worshippers at the Sabon Gari area of Kano early Sunday.
In a statement by its National President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on Sunday, CAN said it commiserated with el-Zakzaky over the loss of his son and urged him to take solace in God.
The association said the demise of the scholar’s son was most unfortunate and regrettable particularly at a time when the energy and wise counsel of all in the society was needed to tame the rising wave of insecurity.
CAN noted that it was particularly saddened by the incident because it was capable of throwing the community into more crises.
It urged the people to exercise restraint and live peacefully as security agencies were up to the task to bring perpetrators to book.
CAN also appealed to Nigerians to live peacefully irrespective of religious, ethnic and political difference in the quest for new national re-birth.
It reiterated its earlier call for Nigerians to volunteer credible information to security agents as they try their best to tackle insurgency.
The association, while condemning Sunday’s bomb blast that killed innocent Christians in a catholic church in Kano, described the act as “barbaric and inhuman”.
It commiserated with families of the deceased and called on Nigerians to be security conscious at all times.