The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reported that Christians are still being targeted and killed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram despite the government’s new offensive against the group in northern Nigeria. According to a statement made by CAN’s president, Nigeria’s declared state of emergency has done little to stop Boko Haram from killing Christians. The president reported on how several Christians were murdered by suspected militants in just the past week. Please remember these persecuted Christians in your prayers.
6/1/2013 Nigeria (Daily Post) – Despite the emergency rule imposed on Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States, by president Goodluck Jonathan, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday alleged that the Islamic outlawed sect, Boko Haram was still killing Christians in the north.
CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant (Media and Public Affairs), Kenny Ashaka alleged that the emergency rule has not stopped the sect from killing Christians in the volatile region.
According to him, “Last Friday, for instance, an executive member of CAN in Gwoza Local Government, Rev. Luka Bazigila and a member of the COCIN Church, Yohanna, both of whom were in attendance at a Christian fellowship were shot dead by gunmen, who mounted a tricycle.
“Members of the sect also killed the step mother of the Medical Director of the Borno State Hospital, when they could not find the doctor at home. A Muslim guard, employed by a Christian architect in Abuja, was mistaken for a Christian and shot dead. One COCIN member on the Mandara Mountain was burnt by members of Boko Haram on Sunday morning.”
While commiserating with the families of the victims of the renewed killings, the cleric enjoined all Christians to pray for peace and unity in the nation as well as an end to the ongoing insecurity challenges in the country.