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A youth leader in the fold of the Niger State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (ACN), Apostle John Eche, has advocated that well meaning Nigerians, irrespective of religious and political background, should rise up against the destabilising effects of the dreaded Boko-Haram sect to stem the senseless killings and maiming of law abiding citizens including destructions of multi-millions properties in parts of the northern Nigeria.
Apostle Eche said this has become imperative if the excesses of the terrorists group was to be checkmated by patriotic citizens through open condemnations in view of the growing distrusts existing among Christian and Muslim adherents in parts of the country, including general sense of insecurity bedeviling the country.
Eche stated this during an interactive session with the Niger State executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria led by its Chairman, Reverend Musa S. Dada, at the main auditorium of the Evangelical Church of West Africa Church, Suleja branch with some representatives of CAN in Tafa, Gurara and Suleja loca governments of the state at the weekend.
The meeting, which was held at the instance of the state branch of CAN, discussed ways of overcoming the shock and displeasures of the body of Christ over the Christmas Day bomb attacks by Boko Haram sect at the premises of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, a border community between Abuja and Niger State, advocated for a joint efforts by both Christians and Muslims at fighting the menace.
Apostle Eche who is the CAN youth leader for Tarfa Local Government Area of Niger State, blamed the continued attacks of innocent and law abiding Nigerians by members of the sect on some religious leaders who he alleged were being economical with the truth as such leaders might have been providing cover for the sect members to unleash terror on the citizenry.
The youth leader said if most Islamic faithful had at the onset, disclaimed the sect , that he saw no reason why Boko Haram should still continue to exist, suggesting that Muslims should take the lead in firing the first shot in the war against all forms of terrorism in Nigeria and they will be backed up anytime by their Christian brothers.
He pleaded that foremost Muslim leaders and clerics should not just speak out against this terrorists group, but act in condemnation of Boko Haram, adding that, “at the inception of Boko Haram sect when they acted as extremist Islamic sect many leaders were allegedly sitting on the fence and refused to condemn the criminal group after which they became national security threat.
Speakers at the interactive session had blamed the Nigeria Immigration Services for not manning the nation’s borders enough thereby giving room for the influx of foreigners with alien religious beliefs, causing more harm than good to Nigerians.
Some of the speakers, representing different Christian denominations, also blamed the government for not doing enough in protecting the lives and property of its citizenry.
As a way of nipping in the bud issues of people hiding under religion to cause havoc, the Christian body suggested that, leaders from the northern part s of the country should come to terms with the contents of the Islamic system of education ‘Almajiris’ which had always served as readily breeding grounds for the extremists to ply their sinister trade.Share
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