The Christian Association of Nigeria, commonly referred to as CAN, has continued its call for the government of Nigeria to provide compensation for Christian victims of Boko Haram. In 2012 alone, 900 Christians were killed in Nigeria many of whom were murdered by Boko Haram. Will the government assist Christians in Nigeria?
5/12/2013 Nigeria (The Guardian Nigeria) – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Adamawa State chapter has called on President Good luck Jonathan to set up another committee that can provide succour for the Christian victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part of the country if government wants to grant amnesty to members of the religious sect.
“We salute the bold steps of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for setting up a peace and amnesty committee to examine and possibly work out modalities of an amnesty for the Boko Haram sect.
“We pray and hope that the amnesty proposed will be broad based, taking into serious consideration the dire plight of the numerous Christian families who have borne the greater proportion of the scourge of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria,” CAN noted.
The chairman of CAN in the state, Reverend Father Moses Taparki told journalists yesterday in Yola at a press conference that the proposed amnesty for the Boko Haram sect will be an exercise in futility and a wasted venture if government fails to provide succour to the Christian victims of the religious sect.
Taparki maintained that since government had set up a committee with Moslems only as members for the proposed amnesty to Boko Haram, the presidency should also set up another committee with only Christians as members for succour to Christian victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the north.
“If government wants to reward those that killed innocent citizens, there is no sense or justification to why the victims of the Boko Haram cannot be compensated. The Christian victims should be the first to benefit from any form of compensation if government is serious about the Boko Haram amnesty or it will be an exercise in futility,” he stated.