The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of treating Boko Haram, Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), and other terrorist groups in the country with kid gloves.
It urged the government to prove Christians wrong by “publishing names of kingpins of the terrorists, herdsmen, killers and bandits in their custody and those who are being prosecuted in the court of law for the world to see, if the government has not been treating those criminals with kid gloves”.
Samson Ayokunle, CAN President, said he would not to keep quiet until the right things are done, and Adamawa State CAN Chairman, Lawan Andimi, who was abducted last week by the insurgents is released.
In a statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN president said:
“The CAN is not doing the bidding of the terrorists by crying out for the freedom of our members in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists. The government should wake up to its primary responsibility, which is to protect the lives and property of the people.
“Calling on the Federal Government to free our members from their captors, who claim to be attacking us for religious sake, is the right thing to do in this situation we have found ourselves.
“These criminals are targeting predominant Christian communities, killing, maiming and abducting the people with or without any resistance from security agencies. This is unprecedented. Let the government wake up to its responsibilities and see if we will not stop talking about its failure to protect our members.
“That is not politicisation of religion. The governor of Borno State is shouting that the soldiers are extorting money from the people instead of defending them.”
The terrorists attacked a village Borno on Monday, killing at least 30 people.
They also attacked a convoy of military commanders in the state on Tuesday.