Just as anxiety mounts over the celebration tomorrow of Christmas by Christians worldwide, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 northern states and Abuja yesterday declared that no force or evil plan could stop tomorrow’s Christmas celebration in the region.
This is even as the umbrella body for all Christians while calling on security agencies to protect Nigerians during the celebration, appealed to the Muslim Ummah to prevail on the Boko Haram Islamic sect not to attack Christians during the Yuletide.
This formed part of the views of the Northern CAN Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Oibe, in Kaduna. He said Christians would not accept the killings of their members on Christmas Day, “which is a day of peace.”
while also noting that the continued attack on Christians and churches was deliberate, added that it was impossible to wipe out Christianity from the region.
The CAN spokeman said: “We are appealing to Boko Haram to shelve their threat on Christians in the North during this Christmas celebration because they claimed to be working for Islam but Muslims celebrated their Sallah and there was no Christian attack against them.
“We are also appealing to a respected Muslim leader in Nigeria, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, together with good Muslim imams to please preach their message that would reach Boko Haram to drop their threat because Christians in the North are running out of patience
“We can’t take the killings of our brothers, children and women in churches during Christmas anymore.
“This period is special to Christians all over the world; it is a period of peace. But if Boko Haram goes ahead with their planned attack, according to security warning in the newspapers, it will be a declaration of war against Christians in Nigeria” he concluded.