The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Saturday condemned the bomb attack on a mosque in Kano where about 200 people were reported killed on Friday.
CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, while condemning the attack in a statement, stressed the need for the country to unite on the fight against insurgency.He also called on Nigerians to be vigilant at all times.
“Recently, an interfaith meeting that had representations from the hierarchy of both faith in attendance emphasised the need for dialogue, mutual relations, cooperation and unity in the renewed fight against insurgency in the country.
“The meeting made far reaching decisions that could be important in finding lasting peace to our country and that in itself was supposed to be a step towards the much anticipated peace and security in the country. It was therefore unfortunate that while some Nigerians were making efforts towards entrenching peace, others were indulging in drawing the road map to further destruction in our country,” he added.
Oritsejafor said “the entire Christian community in Nigeria received the news of the latest in the series of bomb explosions, this time around at the mosque near the emir’s palace in Kano, with shock and disbelief. This is most unfortunate given the number of people that lost their lives in their bid to offer prayers to their Almighty in the usual Friday worship at the mosque.
“On behalf of the entire Christians community under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), I wish to commiserate with the families of the victims especially those who lost their lives in the attack.
“I strongly condemn this particular attack because it is the greatest evil both to a fellow human being and to God almighty, it is an act that must be denounced by all, Christians and Moslems for no God commissions the killing of a fellow being.”
The CAN president appealed “to all Nigerians especially residents of the areas most prone to the attacks not to give in or succumb to the antics of the insurgents; this is the time to remain fearless in the face of terror’.
“We cannot continue to allow the terrorists to continue to intimidate us in our land because we have no other place to call our own, we must cooperate with relevant authorities in addition to being extra vigilant, to defeat this terror, they are human beings and can be defeated, but we have to be united. Nigerians must be united both in prayers and in other practical steps, to defeat terror.”
He said “I want to use this medium to re emphasis the need for all faithful, especially during their hours of worship to be watchful to forestall any further attack on their places of worship, this is a clarion call. I urge security agencies not to relent in their efforts but to work harder and to understand that our prayers remain with them day and night.”
He added that the “attack on the people of Kano is an attack on all Nigerians and must be addressed as such. This is the time for all to rise up and act, may God help us all as we make these strong efforts at curbing terrorism from our land and may the souls of all those who lost their lives in the attacks, rest in peace.”