Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has blamed the inability of the Federal Government to find lasting solution to the Boko Haram phenomenon on what it described as its “cavalier” approach to the problem.
Moreso Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has suggested that the only way of stemming the current security challenges is to checkmate mischief makers who hide under religion to create disunity among Nigerians and isolate them from the society
CAN said the statements credited to President Goodluck Jonathan and other top officials of his administration after each attack “even if unwittingly, seem to have cast a hallmark of weakness on his presidency and an escalation of the terrorist acts.”
CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a statement entitled The Kaduna/Zaria Suicide Bombings by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kenny Ashaka, yesterday, said: “President of CAN is once more saddened by another series of blasts in Kaduna and Zaria and the latest one in Damaturu, Yobe State, which came on the heels of the three simultaneous bomb attacks on churches in Wusasa, Sabon Gari in Zaria and Trikania in Kaduna.
“He is equally saddened by the reprisal attacks that followed. The bombings are clear indications that the Jamaatu Alhlisunnah Lidda’awatiwal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, has declared war on Christians and Christianity in Nigeria.
“In fact, the pattern of bombings and gun attacks suggest to us a systematic religious cleansing, which reminds Christians of the genesis of a Jihad.”
Oritsejafor said the Federal Government should “not behave like a man who stepped into a pitch dark room, straining his eyes to catch a reflection of the smile on his face in a mirror.
“Switch on the light in the room or step out into the light, as switching on the light would mean the completion of the good works the National Assembly has started.”
He added: “Before last Sunday’s reprisals, we had reminded the Federal Government that what was happening to Christians in the northern part of this country is an inescapable invitation to jungle justice and anarchy.
“Since July 26, 2009 when the sect members had their first clash with security agencies in Bauchi till today, Nigerians, particularly Christians, have been subjected to a kind of surrealistic existence.
“Since these terrorist acts began, nothing the President, Dr. Jonathan has done has assured that the end to this spate of bombings and gun attacks is in sight.
“What appears more worrisome is the management of the crisis by the President in whose hands the security of lives and property of Nigerians are. Indeed, the management is cavalier in approach as officials at the highest levels send out conflicting signals about strategy.”
… as Aliyu proffers solution to security challenges
Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has suggested that the only way of stemming the current security challenges is to checkmate mischief makers who hide under religion to create disunity among Nigerians and isolate them from the society.
Aliyu, who spoke at the opening ceremony of a workshop on Coaching and Mentoring for Performance, jointly organised by the state government and the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, also vowed not to give room for trouble-makers whose intentions are to incite others in place of preaching love for one another and peaceful co-existence.
He said: “Even if it is a Pastor or an Imam that is going about to incite their people, we will isolate them because we want peace and development in our country and Niger State in particular.
“We should pray together in one place and not building mosques close to another. We will no longer condone the building of worship centres until we regulate them.”
‘Boko Haram not sole culprit’
Governor Aliyu argued that the problems facing Nigeria today are cumulative and should not be blamed solely on members of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, even though they claim responsibility to most of the attacks.
Niger State replicates the heterogeneity of the country which entails respect and recognition for the two major religion; Islam and Christianity, Governor Aliyu remarked, adding that the state government has maintained neutrality as a way of guaranteeing peaceful co-existence among all.
As a way of checking trouble makers hiding under religion to cause mischief in the state, Governor Aliyu said, “In Niger State, we will isolate anybody or group of persons who provoke people to cause problems. We are ready to accept only those who mean well for the development of our state.”
He also warned that the state will no longer condone corruption in all sectors of the economy, especially among the state workforce, saying “those who retired as corrupt workers are neither better nor richer than those without dents.”