Christians living in Nigeria’s northern states have suffered at the hands of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram since the group started its armed insurgency in 2009. Since then, the group is thought to have murdered over 4,000 people, many of them Christians. As the government of Nigeria considers granting Boko Haram amnesty for its crimes in exchange for a peace deal, many Christians are requesting that the government not forget the 4,000 people who lost their lives. So far, the government has ignored these victims and their families.
5/19/2013 Nigeria (Premium Times) – The Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, has advocated for compensation to victims of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The church also pledged its total support for the steps taken by the federal government in restoring peace at the northeastern part of the country through emergency rule.
It stated its position in a communique made available to journalists on Saturday after COCIN’s 82nd annual general council meeting which held at its headquarters in Jos on Friday evening.
“COCIN applauds the bold step taken by the Federal Government in declaring a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States and prays that it will bring lasting peace. The general church council calls on the federal and various state governments to take proactive and definite measures to curb insecurity and the growing menace of the Boko Haram Islamic sect terrorist group.
“We reiterate our position against the proposed amnesty to Boko Haram as it will only mean rewarding and glorifying crime,” the church stressed.
The three page communique also frowned at the brutal killing of innocent people across the country by the Boko Haram.
“COCIN condemns in strong terms the brutal killings at Baga and Bama both in Borno State, Wukari in Taraba State, Alakyo, in Nasarawa State, Agatu in Benue State and that of Gombe and Kano States and of recent Katsina State. We condole the family and Christians in Borno State over the killing of the State CAN Secretary, Rev. Faye Pama, by the Boko Haram second,” it stated.