Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Friday urged the federal government to refrain from excuses and prosecute those responsible for killing Christians in the north.
Rev. Ayokunle who is also president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention spoke at a press conference to start the 104th annual session of the convention in Abuja saying it is essential for the federal government in whose care instruments of cohesion lie to quickly remedy this situation stating that it will be in the interest of national development and peaceful co-existence.
Ayokunle said, “If continuous killings have not been happening, we would not have been shouting wolf where there was none. We appeal to the government to desist from giving excuses anymore why the killings are still occurring. We want an end to be put to the killings henceforth. Enough is enough,”
CAN president also said that Nigeria being named the most dangerous country for Christians on earth by the United States of House Representatives in February is worrying and should concern well-meaning citizens.
“Certainly, this is a most unpleasant classification for a country that is a democracy and the giant of Africa. What type of giant are we? It is a classification that should not make patriotic Nigerians glad in a country where population is roughly divided equally between Islam and Christianity.”
Ayokunle applauded government’s effort in combating insurgency and reviving the country’s economy.
“We appreciate the Federal Government for waging war against Boko Haram and for sustaining it. We equally salute the courage of our gallant military and we shall continue to pray for them over this good work of defending the people on this matter. Equally, the release of the 21 of the several Chibok girls kidnapped three years ago is commendable but more efforts is solicited for the release of the rest before their lives are completely ruined for no sin of theirs.
“We commend as well the recent efforts of the Federal Government on the economy especially on strengthening the local currency. More sincerity should be shown on this so that the siege of economic hardship that has almost crippled the lives of Nigerians and increased the rates of suicide might be lifted,” he said.