Abuja, 22 July, 2022 / 10:25 am (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the failure of the Nigerian authorities to bring religious extremists targeting innocent Christians to book, and prayed for a government that does not treat criminals in the country “with kid gloves”.
In their Thursday, July 21 statement condemning the murder of Fr. John Mark Cheitnum who served as the Chairman of CAN in the Jama’a Local Government Area (LGA) in Southern Kaduna State, the Christian leaders decry the laxity of the Nigerian government concerning insecurity in the West African country.
Officials of the Christian entity that includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) express their sympathy with people close to Fr. John Mark, saying, “CAN commiserates with the immediate family of the slain Cheitnum, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and pray for divine consolation and comfort.”
“It is our prayers that never again will Nigeria be governed by a government that will be treating criminals with kid gloves,” they add.
In their July 21 statement, the CAN leaders call on the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that those behind the murder of Fr. John Mark who also served as the Director of Communications in Kafanchan Diocese, are apprehended and prosecuted.