- Friday, 25 May 2012
- By Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, over his recent comment on the motives behind the activities of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Tukur who was last week quoted as saying that “Boko Haram is fighting for justice,” was replied by CAN through its National President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor after an extral-ordinary meeting of the association yesterday in Calabar, cross River State.
Oritsejafor while addressing Reporters, described Tukur's comment as inflammatory and capable of threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria as a nation.
The CAN president noted that while Muslim Leaders in the North has blamed injustice and poverty as reasons for the crisis in the region, incessant killings by the sect have all been targeted at the Christians.
He explained that the aim of the Boko Haram was to eliminate all forms of Western education to be replaced by the Islamic law of Sharia in Nigeria.
Oritesejafor said such plan would not work in the country as it will meet the stiffest resistance ever.
“The statement by Bamanga Tukur is frightening and threatens the existence of Nigeria as a Nation. For such a statement to come from a man of his calibre, it is something all of us should be worried about.
“I am surprised that the media are yet to take him up on the statement to explain to Nigerians and to the World, whose justice he is talking about. The PDP national chairman has become the spokesman for Boko Haram", he said.
While calling on the Government to declare the Sect a Terrorist Organisation, Oritesejafor also enjoined Christians to be steadfast in their prayers and fasting, for God to defeat those who seek to wipe-off his Children.
He alleged partiality on the part of the Government in handling the outbreak of this insurgency. He said, the Government having given the sum of N100million to the family of the killed Sect Leader, Mohammed Yusuf, he asked what becomes the fate of those Yusuf killed?
“I have heard Boko Haram talk about how their leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed. Well, his family has been given N100million but the question is what about all the people that Yusuf killed?
He killed so many people before he was killed,” he added.