The General Secretary, CAN, Daramola Bade revealed this in a recent statement obtained by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, NIREC has always hailed the terrorists’ attacks on innocent citizens in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria and the several criminal activities in the various parts of the nation.
He added that NIREC is bothered that the threats and killings keep spreading and all kinds of political thuggery that threaten human life and peaceful coexistence must be scrapped.
His words, “NIREC is worried that the threats and killings keep spreading.
“We condemn the carnage on human life, especially the recent killings of 76 people in Sabon Birni Local Government of Sokoto State; RuwanTofa Dansadua district in Zamfara State;
”Also, the ZagonKataf Local Government Area in Kaduna State; Bethel Baptist Church Aguda-Dauruwan, Kogi State and the attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum at Baga.
”We condemn absolutely, the political thuggery that threatens human life and peaceful coexistence.”
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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is an umbrella organisation containing numerous Christian denominations in Nigeria.
The Christian Association of Nigeria was founded in 1976, and originally only contained the Catholic Church and mainline Protestant groups. However, it later expanded to include Pentecostal churches as well.
In 2000, the CAN protested the adoption of Sharia law in northern states. In February 2006, while President of the organisation, Akinola issued a statement in response to Muslim violence against Christians, telling Muslims that they did not have a “monopoly on violence”.
The following day, Christians rioted in retaliation against Muslims, leading to more than 70 deaths. Akinola later claimed his statements had been misinterpreted in the western media. He even threatened to resign in case the riots should continue.
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