The youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) denounced the killings of Christians in the country.
National chairman of the Christian youths, Beluso Chukwu, urged the government to tighten security, especially in Christian communities, to prevent the senseless killings of youths in the north. He advised the government that providing jobs and federal subvention could help young adults become productive members of society and keep them away from crime, reports The Sun Nigeria.
We’re in a dangerous time, especially for Christians, over 3,000 Christians have been killed in the past 3 months, those involved are not relenting but solution is to pray. —Beluso Chukwu, National chairman of the Christian youths
“We’re in a dangerous time, especially for Christians, over 3,000 Christians have been killed in the past 3 months, those involved are not relenting, but solution is to pray,” said Chukwu.
The youth leader lamented the increasing violence against Christians in the country. “Abduction, communal tension, ethnic cleansing has worsened the insecurity situation in Nigeria said it saddens our heart in CAN to see such happening.” While Chukwu appreciates the efforts the government has done to protect Christians, he pointed out that there are still more to be done to help believers and save the country as well.
Chukwu disclosed that the youth wing of CAN plans to hold a summit where Christian and Muslim youths can discuss the insecurity challenge in Nigeria. He asked Christians to pray for their safety and security to practice their faith.
A recent report produced by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a research and investigative rights group, revealed that at least 3,462 Christians, including ten priests or pastors, were murdered in Nigeria in the first 200 days of 2021. Analyzing the numbers showed that 17 Christians were murdered every day because of their faith, reports Crux Now.
The group is saddened that the perpetrators of anti-Christian murders in Nigeria have “continued to evade justice and remained unchecked, untracked, uninvestigated and untried; leading to impunity and repeat atrocities.” They criticized the government for abandoning the victims and the survivors of the attacks.
“The country’s security forces have so fumbled and compromised that they hardly intervene when the vulnerable Christians are in danger of threats or attacks, but only emerge after such attacks to arrest and frame up the same population threatened or attacked,” the society said.