...se­cure Nige­ri­ans, CAN tells FG

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TAde­lani Ade­pegba and Leke Bayewu

HE Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria has said it will not stop crit­i­cis­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment un­til it im­proves the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

The body also said the gov­ern­ment must en­sure the re­lease of Chris­tians and other Nige­ri­ans in Boko Haram cap­tiv­ity.

“The gov­ern­ment should wake up to its pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the lives and prop­erty of the peo­ple,” CAN spokesman, Pas­tor Bayo Oladeji, said in a state­ment in Abuja on Tues­day.

He added, “Call­ing on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to free our mem­bers from their cap­tors who claim to be at­tack­ing us on re­li­gious grounds is the right thing to do in this sit­u­a­tion we have found our­selves.”

Oladeji con­tended that crim­i­nals were still tar­get­ing pre­dom­i­nantly Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties, killing, maim­ing and ab­duct­ing the peo­ple with or with­out re­sis­tance from the se­cu­rity agen­cies.

The group ad­mon­ished the gov­ern­ment to wake up to its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties “and see if we will not stop talk­ing about its fail­ure to pro­tect our mem­bers.”

“If the gov­ern­ment has not been treat­ing those crim­i­nals with kid gloves, let them pub­lish the names of their king­pins, the ter­ror­ists, herds­men killers and ban­dits in their cus­tody and those who are be­ing pros­e­cuted in the court of law for the world to see,” the CAN spokesman chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment.

He said there was noth­ing to show that the gov­ern­ment was will­ing to res­cue Leah Sharibu and the re­main­ing Chi­bok girls in Boko Haram den, stat­ing that they were be­ing held be­cause they were Chris­tians.

Mean­while, the law­maker rep­re­sent­ing Michika/ Mada­gali Fed­eral Con­stituency of Adamawa State in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Mr Dauda Zakaria, has urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to se­cure re­lease of the Chair­man of CAN in the Michika Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, from Boko Haram’s cap­tiv­ity.

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