Res­cue Andimi, Chris­tians in cap­tiv­ity, CAN begs FG

The Punch - - NEWS - Ade­lani Ade­pegba, Abuja

The Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria has called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to res­cue all Chris­tians in Boko haram and Is­lamic State West African Prov­ince cap­tiv­ity.

The body con­demned the abduction of the chair­man of Adamawa State chap­ter of CAN,

Rev. Lawan Andimi, by Boko haram last week.

CAN Pres­i­dent, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said the lat­est abduction was ev­i­dence of Chris­tian per­se­cu­tion in Nige­ria.

Ayokunle in a state­ment on Mon­day by his spokesman, Pas­tor Ade­bayo Oladeji, said, “The Chair­man of Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria in Michika,

Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, was ab­ducted by Boko haram ter­ror­ists last week when they in­vaded the pre­dom­i­nantly Chris­tian com­mu­nity.

“As if that was not enough, there was a ban­dit at­tack on Kasaya vil­lage, an­other Chris­tian com­mu­nity in the Chikun LGA of Kaduna State on Mon­day, where they ab­ducted 41 peo­ple, in­clud­ing

Rev. Joshua Sa­maila. Up till now, no­body knows what has be­come of them.”

he also said the gov­ern­ment had not res­cued Bitrus Bwala, a prin­ci­pal lec­turer at the Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Gashua in Yobe State and 10 other Chris­tians ab­ducted by Boko haram ter­ror­ists on Novem­ber 27, 2019.

The CAN chief said, “These are ev­i­dence of Chris­tian per­se­cu­tions in the coun­try and when we cried out in sup­port of the po­si­tion of the United States of Amer­ica Gov­ern­ment, they said it was not true.

“If crim­i­nals are in­vad­ing Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties, killing and ab­duct­ing un­chal­lenged, what do we call it if it is not per­se­cu­tion? how many ter­ror­ists, Fu­lani herds­men killers and ban­dits are in the cus­tody of the se­cu­rity agen­cies? how many of them have been ar­raigned?”

The body called on the the United Na­tions, US and United King­dom to as­sist the gov­ern­ment in pro­tect­ing life and prop­erty “be­fore it is too late.”

•L-R: Pas­tor Lazarous Muoka of the Lord’s Cho­sen; Imo State Gov­er­nor, Mr Emeka Ihe­dioha; his wife, Ebere; and Mr Peter Obi, at Mg­bidi 2020 in Imo State... on Sun­day. Photo: Imo State Gov­ern­ment

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