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ICC Note:
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reported that at least 5 young Christian girls have been abducted in Nigeria’s northern regions. According to CAN’s leadership, these girls are abducted by radical Islamists and forced to renounce their Christian faith. Christian continue to suffer in northern Nigeria as the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram continues to wage its campaign of terror on both the Christian community and against the Nigerian government. Boko Haram, which is attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria, often targets Christians for some of the group’s most heinous acts in an attempt to drive all Christians out of northern Nigeria.  
7/18/2013 Nigeria (Leadership) – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states yesterday disclosed that five underage girls have been abducted in some states in the north.
The Secretary of the Northern CAN, Professor Daniel Babayi, who spoke to LEADERSHIP in Kaduna, said “the situation where Christian girls below the age of 18 are forcefully abducted and made to denounce their faith in the north has gone worste.
“We have three cases from Kaduna State where three Christian little girls have been abducted and made to renounce their faith.”
“Right now, there are five cases we are treating; they have been kept in the houses of Emirs or Imams. When we report to the police, they tell you there is nothing they can do. The Police have become very helpless. In some instances, they are part of the conspiracy,” said Northern CAN Professor Babayi who also castigated the attack on CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), added that “the reaction of the NSCIA is very unfortunate and full of hatred for the person of the CAN President. We see it as an attempt to ridicule the entire Christian community.”
According to him, the “Christian community will not accept anybody calling our CAN president names. It is not right for the non Christian leaders to be insulting our leaders.”

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