The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said on Tuesday, January 7; appealed to the Federal Government to ensure adequate security across the country.
CAN also stated it would not be cowed into quitting calls for better security in the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by its President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle; who also accused the Federal Government of protecting the interest of criminals.
Equally important, CAN’s statement was a sequel to an earlier statement by the Presidency; that the government would not tolerate politicisation of religion in the guise of demanding freedom for those in terrorists’ captivity.
It also challenged the FG to publish the names of Boko Haram kingpins, bandits as well as killer herdsmen in its custody.
The statement read: “We are not doing the bidding of the terrorists; by crying out for the freedom of our members in the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists.
“The government should wake up to its primary responsibility; which is to protect the lives and property of the people.
“Calling on the Federal government to free our members from their captors; who claim to be attacking us for religious sake is the right thing to do in this situation we have found ourselves.”
“Let the government wake up to its responsibilities; and see if we will not stop talking about its failure to protect our members. That is not the politicisation of religion.
“If the government has not been treating those criminals with kid gloves; let them publish 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.
“As long as the unpleasant situations in the country remain the same; the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria will not keep quiet since that is the only thing we can do aside from praying for the captives.”