Seriki Adinoyi in Jos
Following recent hostilities against Christians across some states in the North, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has charged the Federal Government to do everything to ensure that adequate security is provided for the lives and property of Christians in the region.
Two Christians were gruesomely murdered in Kano and Niger states for allegedly blaspheming against Prophet Mohammed, while another was injured and beaten to coma for eating during the Ramadan fasting.
Against this backdrop, the chairman of CAN in the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, Reverend Yakubu Pam, issued a strongly worded statement in Jos on Saturday, describing the circumstances under which Mrs. Bridget Mike Agabahime, 74, and Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel were killed under religious guise in Kano and Niger states respectively as unfortunate, barbaric, and unacceptable in Nigeria.
Pam also charged the Northern governors to live up to their responsibilities as the chief security officers of their respective states to provide adequate security measures for the lives and property of Christians in their states, insisting that all Nigerians have equal rights to live in any state of the federation irrespective of their religion, and to carry out their businesses lawfully without anyone causing harm to them.
He described the recent ugly incidents in Kano and Niger states as regrettable and uncivilized that should not be tolerated by people of good will in this country.
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