Northern CAN Tackles Jonathan Over Boko Haram Comments
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) faulted President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement on the activities of Boko Haram in the country.
It described the president’s statement that the terror group had killed more Muslims than Christians as “unfortunate and a veiled attempt to distort the truth”.
President Jonathan was last week quoted as saying that Muslims were the major victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the north.
The association noted, “If it is true that the president actually made such assertion, then, it is misleading and unacceptable.”
The group’s spokesman, Mr Sunday Oibe, in a statement he issued yesterday in Kaduna: “The purported statement by Mr. President is highly disappointing considering the fact that Christians and their churches and businesses have been the major targets of the Boko Haram terror group.
“Our attention has been drawn to a purported claim by President Goodluck Jonathan that the Boko Haram insurgents in the north killed more Muslims than Christians and that it is not a religious issue.
“We want to believe that the president was misquoted; we don’t want to believe that with the security apparatus and reports from security intelligence network at his disposal, he made this type of assertion. If it is true that Mr. President actually made this assertion, then, we are highly disappointed and sad at this veiled attempt to distort the facts as it concerns the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
“We say this because there has never been any bomb that has been exploded in any mosque or targeted at any mosque in the entire activities of the Boko Haram sect in the north. The Boko Haram members even said that when a Muslim is killed, it is by mistake”.
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