20th June, 2012
The National President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has called on the United States Government to urgently list Boko Haram sect as a foreign terrorist organisation.
Oritsejafor spoke in the wake of series of bombings in Kaduna and Yobe states that had led to the death of hundreds of Christians.
“The barbaric activity of the sect is the reason we are calling on the American government to quickly designate the Boko Haram sect as a foreign terrorist organisation. The enlistment of the sect as a terrorist group is long overdue,” said Oritsejafor.
The CAN president lamented that since the advent of Boko Haram in 2009, President Goodluck Jonathan had done nothing to assure Christians that he was on top of the situation.
“Since these terrorist acts began, the president had done nothing to re-assure Nigerians that this spate of bombings and gun attacks will end. On the contrary, his utterances after each bombing and killings, even if unwittingly, seem to have cast a hallmark of weakness on his presidency and an escalation of the terrorist acts.
“What appears more worrisome to the president of CAN is the management of the crisis by the president in whose hand the security of lives and property of Nigerians are. In deed, the management is cavalier in approach as officials at the highest levels send out conflicting signals about strategy,” he said.
“As it is, CAN has no clear idea of the Federal Government’s strategy to secure the lives and property of innocent Christians. And just as many times, the terrorists strike after running ring round the Nigerian security to perpetrate the most heinous of crimes against Christians,” added Oritsejafor in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs, Kenny Ashaka.
Oritsejafor called on Jonathan to introduce an element of surprise by acting contrary to form because what “emerges now is the picture of a president who has been held hostage by conflicting intrigues woven around this matter of the extremist Boko Haram sect.
“The Federal Government also appears confused whether to fight it all out or to negotiate with the extremist sect. In the mean time, the Boko Haram phenomenon has riven the nation with dissention.
“We call on the Nigerian president not to prevaricate endlessly, looking for the perfect solution while more Christians die in their thousands. God forbid,” he said while commiserating with families of those who lost their lives during the bombings.”