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Double Efforts to Halt Menace of “terrorism, all banditry in Nigeria”: Christian Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari/Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Federal government needs “to double efforts” at all levels to stop the threat posed by terrorism and banditry in the country, Christian leaders in the West African nation have said.

In a statement issued October 18 on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, which marks the birth of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) calls on the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to “exercise the political will and pave way to the end of insurgency in the country.”

“We seize this opportunity to urge government at all levels to double their efforts in stopping the menace of terrorism and all banditry in Nigeria,” the Christian leaders say.

Nigeria has been grappling with insecurity since 2009 when the Boko Haram insurgency began targeted attacks with the aim of turning Africa's most populous nation into an Islamic State.

Members of the Islamist group have been organizing random attacks on various targets including civilians, political and religious leaders.

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In their October 18 statement, CAN representatives congratulate the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and all Muslims in the country on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud.

“CAN felicitates his Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, the Sultanate Council, all the Muslim leaders and all Muslims nationwide,” the Christian leaders say in their statement signed by CAN General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola.

They add, “We rejoice with you all and pray that God will continue to keep us one in His love, benevolence and mercy.”

“We send the best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters from the CAN on this year’s occasion of the birth of Prophet Mohammed (SAW),” CAN officials further say.

They note that Prophet Mohammed’s birth has given “all Muslims the power of peaceful co-existence, code of conduct and boldness to live holy lives here on earth and assurance to enter into paradise hereafter without any hindrance.”

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“It is CAN’s prayer that the good Lord would bring back peace and tranquility to this country, bind us together as one nation and improve our economic growth and development,” the representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria say in their October 18 statement.