The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has commended the federal government for constituting a special fund for victims of insurgency in parts of the north.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the CAN president described the decision to set up a fund for the insurgency victims as “courageous and bold”.
“CAN received the news of the institution of a special fund to cater for the needs of victims of insurgency in parts of the country with gratitude,” the CAN president said.
“On behalf of the association and the entire Christian community in Nigeria, I want to specially thank Mr President for taking such a bold and courageous step to care for the victims of insurgency in the northern part of the country.
“The action is a further demonstration that President Goodluck Jonathan is indeed the father of the nation and a father to all Nigerians, irrespective of the background of the victims of the crisis.
“The decision is also a demonstration of the present administration’s response to the plight of the people,” Oritsejafor said.
The CAN president noted that the association had been on the forefront for palliatives to ameliorate the hardships caused by the insurgency in parts of the north.
He expressed optimism that the fund would address issues associated with the welfare of victims of the crisis.
“For long, it has been the conviction of CAN that victims of the senseless killings and wanton destruction of property should be given some `life line’ in whatever name it could be called and we are glad that the President heard our cry and responded appropriately.
“I believe that the fund will address a wide range of issues facing persons displaced by the crisis, as well as provide the basis for a more comprehensive programme of rehabilitation and reintegration of the victims at the end of the insurgency.”
He also expressed hope that funds realised from the various donations and contributions would be judiciously used for the good of those affected in the crisis.