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The Zonal Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the North West Zone, Bishop David Bakare, has accused the federal government of not taking concrete steps to stop the tide of violent attacks on Christians in the north.
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, Bakare said the killing of Christians in the north in the name of religion is unacceptable, stressing that government has a duty to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
While condemning the recent killing of eight Christians in Talata Mafara, Zamfara state, for alleged blasphemy, Bakare said government action must go beyond the usual rhetorics of condemnation.
“It has become necessary to make this statement in the face of the incessant unwarranted killing of Christians in Northern Nigeria .
“Northern Nigeria in recent time has become killing fields where Christians are murdered without restraint and what are governments at all levels doing about it?
“This is unacceptable. This cannot be the Nigeria we long to see. These ugly incidences are getting worse by the day.
“The unfortunate thing is that up to now, nothing has been done beyond public condemnation of these acts of brutality. There must be actions that ought to be taken by government to convince us that they are on top of the situation,” Bakare said.