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Christians Should Defend Themselves - CAN Releases Statement Over Unprovoked Murders

The Christian Association of Nigeria has urged
Christians to prepare to defend themselves in a
statement released in reaction to the murder of a
female Christian preacher by suspected Islamic
fanatics in Abuja.


As Christians across the country continue to
condemn the murder of Eunice Elisha, a female
preacher of the Redeemed Christian Church of God
(RCCG), who was hacked to death at the Gbazango
area of Kubwa in Abuja, by suspected Muslim
fanatics, while conducting an early morning
preaching, the Christian Association of Nigeria
(CAN) has reacted to the gruesome murder, urging
Christians to prepare to defend themselves.

Read the full statement below;

NIGERIA: A MACABRE DANCE OF DEATH
 
The National leadership and the entire members of
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have
received with rude shock and disbelief the report
of yet another religious hatred motivated gruesome
murder of a dedicated 42 year old Christian mother
of seven children, Mrs. Eunice Elisha, who on
Saturday 9th July, 2016, was brutally killed while
doing Christian evangelism.

Mrs. Eunice Elisha was murdered in Kubwa area of
Abuja, FCT, in the early hours of the day. Her neck
was slashed and she was also stabbed in the
stomach. About a month ago in Kano, Mrs. Bridget
Agbaheme, a 74 year old Christian was murdered
at Wambai market due to an altercation with a
Muslim man who came to the front of her shop to
perform ablution. Her offence was that she
objected to the Islamic washing rite in front of her
shop.

Just last week a clergyman of the Evangelical
Church Winning All (ECWA) Reverend Zakariya was
killed by attackers suspected to be Fulani
Herdsmen in Obi LGA of Nasarawa state. They
attacked him on his farm, cut off his arms and
legs, then they chopped his head with a machete.

Another fresh but sad news reaching us is that of
the Fulani herdsmen militia that is back on
rampage killing 81 people in multiple attacks in
Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue
state in central Nigeria.

In recent times, there have been multiple cases of
attacks by Fulani herdsmen on various Christian
communities, all over the nation. In the South East
and in the South South zones, there have been
gruesome attacks on IPOB members and on
Christian communities in the Niger Delta. All these
are in addition to the relentless attacks of Boko
Haram and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and
southern Borno.

The Christian Association of Nigeria commiserates
with the families affected by these mindless orgies
of death and destruction as well as with the entire
Christian community in Nigeria. We pray that God
in His mercy shall comfort and strengthen the
families of all the Nigerians affected in these
unwarranted murders unleashed upon the nation by
religious extremists.

The recurring decimal of violence and murder of
innocent Nigerian citizens on the basis of religious
intolerance demands specific and relevant
response from all concerned citizens in the country
more so when the government in power seems to
have adopted an attitude of lukewarm response to
the evils being perpetrated in Nigeria in the name
of religion.

The discrimination against non-Muslims in Nigeria
under the Buhari Administration is assuming a
dangerous dimension that should not be left to the
vagaries of time and circumstance to resolve.

You will agree with me that with these happenings
and the lukewarm attitude by the authorities
concerned toward putting an end to it, Nigeria is
dancing a macabre dance of death, both for the
nation and for its citizens. It is time to stop the
beat and let common sense guide the nation out
of the present quagmire. A stitch in time saves
nine.

Before the situation escalates into an
unmanageable national crisis, the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN) is calling on the
authorities both at the states and federal to do
everything possible to bring the perpetrators to
justice if the confidence of Christians on this
government must be maintained.

The unprovoked attacks on Christians and the
authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and
may not be tolerated anymore, inasmuch as we
will continue to call on Christians to remain
tolerant and law abiding, it is becoming inevitable
to also call on them to buckle up and be ready to
defend themselves against these incessant
unprovoked and mindless attacks.

Signed...

Rev. Dr. Musa Asake

General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria
(CAN)

10th July, 2016.


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