The Christian Association of Nigeria on Sunday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to adopt proactive and drastic measures to match the new tactics of the Islamic group, Boko Haram.
The association, however, commended the President for his resolve to deal decisively with the security challenges facing the nation, saying it was a positive signal for the citizenry.
The Chairman of the 17 Southern States, CAN, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh; and Chairman of the association’s 19 Northern States and Abuja, Archbishop Peter Jatau, in a communique issued at the end of CAN’s meeting, also called on Christians, irrespective of their denominations, to remain united despite all odds.
The communique read, “The meeting urged President Jonathan to adopt drastic measures that are proactive to match the new tactics of the insurgents in order to halt the senseless killings of innocent Nigerians, especially Christians and the destruction of churches in the northern part of the country.”
The meeting also noted the advantages derivable from regular comparison of notes by the two chapters of CAN and resolved that a wider forum, comprising a cross-section of members of the two chapters, would meet to discuss specific issues that concern the future of the Church in Nigeria.
According to the group, the unity of Christians is most crucial at this time when the Church is undergoing major challenges that border on persecution.
The meeting also commended Jonathan and his government’s humane and prompt management of the flood that ravaged most parts of Nigeria.