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NEWS UPDATE: Religious intolerance: ‘Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits killing Christians’ – CAN chides US govt

NEWS UPDATE: Religious intolerance: ‘Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits killing Christians’ – CAN chides US govt

The Christian Organization of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the U.S. Regime to supply the information used to delist Nigeria from ‘Countries of Specific Concern’ regarding liberty of religion.

CAN in a statement asked whether the US was unaware that Boko Haram, Islamic Province’s Due west Africa Province (ISWAP), bandits and violent herdsmen still onset Christians.

The CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle in the statement on Saturday regretted that America did not contact the body before taking its choice.

The leader famous that CAN would have compared their statistics and then and at present with its possess.

He said whatever the parameters, “The prayer is Nigeria would be a country where no devout grouping is persecuted and our regime ensures religiously-biased policies are discontinued”.

The President said terrorists’ agenda was to “wipe absent Christianity and plant Islam as the only religion from the N downwardly to the Atlantic Sea in the Due south”.

Ayokunle informed the US that the bandits have joined other militant Islamic groups, “ferociously attacking churches, killing worshippers and kidnapping for ransom”.

“The herdsmen are every bit doing their havoc. We have lost many people and places of worship to their assault.

“The insanity has grown at present and those who are not Christians are beingness attacked, killed and kidnapped.

“This is because these criminal acts have get a lucrative business and it is whoever you can kidnap for money!”

Ayokunle maintains all right-thinking people would proceed to inquire the US to allow the world know what has changed.

Citing examples, the cleric accused many Northern states of failing to opposite the policy which denies Christians the Certificate of Occupancy to build churches.

He complained that the states do not allow Christian students to study Christian Devout Studies in public schools.

Ayokunle said Christian students are denied admission to regime universities to study courses similar Law and Medicine, amid others.

The statement reminded America that Leah Sharibu and students kidnapped from Bethel Baptist High School were left with the kidnappers “without whatsoever purposeful rescue mission”.

“The relatives and churches of the kidnapped people are beingness forced to pay ransoms worth millions of Naira to secure their people or children!

“The Federal Regime refused to view banditry as terrorism and has so refused to label them as terrorists. For whose good is this?

“Is it because the bandits are shut to those in regime or because of devout consideration?”, Ayokunle quipped.

He expressed dismay that terrorists who surrendered or were captured are not prosecuted but cared for under the Buhari administration’s rehabilitation programme.

“These people sent many people to early graves! Is this activeness of regime fair to the people they killed and the ease of us traumatized and place in sadness.”.

Ayokunle disclosed that devout persecution and discrimination will be discussed at the next Nigeria Inter-Devout Council (NIREC).

This, according to him, would douse tension and foster a harmonious human relationship betwixt devout adherents in the country.

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