Governments not doing enough to protect Christians in the North – CAN
But the Chairman, Northwest Zone of CAN, Bishop David Bakare, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, said, “It has become necessary to make this statement in the face of the incessant unwarranted killing of Christians in Northern Nigeria.
“In Kano, a Deeper Life church pastor’s wife was accused of blasphemy and killed, only for everyone to hear later that she never uttered any word of blasphemy against Islam or Mohammed.
“During Ramadan, a young man was attacked by Moslems and severely wounded in Kaduna because he was found eating during fasting.
“There is the well publicized hacking to death of a Redeemed pastor’s wife in Kubwa, FCT. And then the ECWA pastor who was murdered in Nasarawa State.
“Early this year, the Zamfara state government pulled down several Christian places of worship including an Anglican auditorium, a Catholic building and an NYSC Secretariat chapel among others.
“Beyond government rhetoric, nothing concrete has been done to stem the tide. These heinous crimes continue unabated. No arrest has been made, no one has been prosecuted. This inaction on the part of government leads one to say that governments at all levels have abdicated their responsibilities of securing lives, especially lives of Christians in Northern Nigeria
“On behalf of Christians and the CAN president, we call on the federal and state governments to rise to the occasion and ensure that this Zamfara incident is not treated as the other ones. Arrests must be made, the perpetrators must be made to face the full weight of the law so that justice will be seen to have been done. If these are done, then shall all Christians in Northern Nigeria have confidence that they are secured here,” he stressed.