8th December, 2011
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor, has called on the Federal Government to muster needed political will and deal with the growing trend of terrorism in the country.
Oritsejafor made the call while reacting to the latest explosion in Kaduna on Wednesday where at least six persons were reported dead.
He said that government should fish out perpetrators of the deadly activities in parts of the country and bring them to book to serve as deterrent to others.
â€œExcept, we make scapegoat of these people, we will continue to move in circles and watch our economy go down in tatters.
â€œWe cannot continue like this and expect that manna will fall from heaven. We must make deliberate effort to make Project Nigeria work,â€œ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes him as saying.
The CAN President urged the police authorities to get to the bottom of the explosion to allay the fear of every Nigerian. He said that the security operatives should rise above religious, ethnic and other primordial sentiments to demonstrate their avowed neutrality to prove that they were not part of a grand design by a clique, bent on destabilising the nation.
â€œI have continued to urge the elite in the North to ensure that the regime of uncertainty is put behind us so that the country can forge ahead to harness its huge potential for the benefit of the generations yet unborn,â€œ Oritsejafor said.
Oritsejafor, who attended the second quarterly meeting of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council meeting in Kwara, aligned himself with the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah and the Arewa Youths Forum who lampooned the northern leaders over their roles in the under-development of the region.
â€œThe problem with this country is that people are often ready to mouth their commitment to peaceful resolution of the multi-faceted problems in the country while their actions outside the glare of klieg lights are at variance with what they say.
â€œDay in day out people blatantly tell the whole world that the crises in the North is political and economic, but the target of the violence is always the Christian folk. Canâ€™t we co-exist in a country given to us by God Almighty?
â€œI think the elite class in that part of the nation must stand up to admit that there is the urgent need for them to honestly address these issues frontally,â€œ he remarked.
He also charged northern leaders to embrace peace in a nation with several millions of enterprising individuals, seeking peaceful atmosphere to go about their dreams which in return could help to develop the informal sector of the economy.
Oritsejafor noted that the crisis in the North had taken a toll on the nationâ€™s economy, arguing that foreign embassies were dissuading their nationals from coming to Nigeria for security reasons.
â€œWe must be sincere with ourselves to tackle the security challenge or else the much-talked about Vision 20 2020 will just be a wishful thinking, because we cannot grow this economy under this chaotic atmosphere.