Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam, has advised the Federal Government and the Northern Governor’s Forum (NGF) to put a stop to the killing of Christians in the North. According to him, the dastardly act has to be stopped before the situation degenerates into a civil war.
He made this known in reaction to the murder of two Catholic bishops and 17 others, on Tuesday in Benue, and killing of 44 persons on Wednesday, also in Benue and Nasarawa states.
“My fear is that if the federal government and the NGF do not do something urgent, the killing of Christians in the North would degenerate one day into civil war. People are being killed on daily basis, yet, nobody has ever been arrested and nothing tangible has been done by the federal government.
“Looking at how professional the attacks are being carried out, I believe that these people are terrorists, they are Boko Haram and government, at all levels, need to respond swiftly; to curtail the menace before the people are pushed to defend themselves which will lead to civil war.”
Rev. Pam also lamented that the northern part of the country which is plagued by backwardness is now facing attacks.
“I have the firm belief that these attacks are beyond ordinary herdsmen, they are terrorists who unleash terror on innocent persons in the North.
“Government has to declare these people as terrorists and investigate the recent killings in the North.”
Pam, who is also the chairman of the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, in Plateau State, added that ongoing attacks on churches in the North could plunge the northern states into religious crisis that will be difficult to control, if not checked by the government.