John Shiklam in Kaduna
Christians in the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) under the umbrella of Northern States Christian Association of Nigeria (Northern CAN), on Saturday warned Emirs against the persistent abduction of Christian girls who are forcefully converted to Islam and forcefully married. Newly-elected chairman of the association, Rev. Yakubu Pam gave the warning in Kaduna at a news conference after his election weekend.
Pam, a former chairman of the Plateau State Chapter of the CAN also faulted Nigeria’s membership of the Coalition of Islamic Countries against terrorism, saying that the government needs to assure Nigerian Christians that they would not be victims in the event that the ISIS terrorists attack Nigeria for being a member of such a group.
While condemning the rampant abduction of Christian girls, Pam said it was high time traditional rulers in the region, especially those that harbour Christian minors in their palaces stopped such wicked acts.
He urged security operatives to live up to their expectation of protecting lives and property of Christians in the north by also insuring that those who abduct other people’s daughters and marry them are arrested and prosecuted.
Pam further expressed concern over invasion of many communities in the North Central by armed bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, especially the killings in communities in Nasarawa, Benue states and other Christian areas in the region.
“Another issue that came up for deliberation is the kidnapping of our daughters. Historically, the issue has been on ground. We have suffered with this here in northern Nigeria.
“The church is really concerned and we are pleading with the government if they can put every leadership on alert, particularly, our traditional leaders and security agencies so that they can control such an ugly issue that has been taken place here in the north.
“These are the two things that we really discussed and people were really happy with the new executive of the association”, Pam said, and called on states and federal governments to be proactive in tackling these crises rocking communities in the north central zone.
Other newly-elected officials of the association include, Rev. Musa Dada, as vice chairman; Barrister Danladi Yerima, Secretary; Rev. Andrew Dodo, Treasurer, and Rev. Joseph Hayab, Public Relations Officer (PRO) among others.