The Christian Association of Nigeria has expressed its support of a cessation of hostilities between radical Islamic insurgency, Boko Haram, and the Nigerian federal government announced Friday by Chief of the Defense Staff, Alex Badeh. Reportedly breached by both militants and the Nigerian military in a number of skirmishes Saturday and Sunday, experts and everyday Nigerians alike have expressed skepticism at the notion of an imminent peace agreement, as alluded to by the Nigerian state on more than one occasion. Responsible for the deaths of more than 1,700 Christians this year alone, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror that has driven tens of thousands of Nigerian Christians from their homes, communities, churches and livelihoods.
10/22/2014 Nigeria (allAfrica) – Recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in parts of Borno and Adamawa States should not discourage the federal government from pursuing the ceasefire deal agreed with members of the Boko Haram, the Borno State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said yesterday.
State chairman of the association, Rev. Titus Pona said in a communiqué issued at the end of a three-day fasting and prayer session for Christians in Maiduguri that Christians were in support of the peace efforts.