PRESS RELEASE | Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans' Statement on the terrorist attack killing 71 innocent Nigerians in Nyanya, via Abuja


ising from its first Advisory Board meeting in Houston on Sunday evening, the leaders and the entire membership of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN woke up Monday morning to the devastating news that another Boko Haram bomb attack had killed at least 71 and injured 124 innocent Nigerians in a satellite town close to Abuja.

We observe that this killing was set as Christians all over the world entered into the Passion Week leading to the Resurrection Sunday, Easter celebrations. We are therefore not unawares of the wiles of the enemy. Media reports say 16 luxury buses and 24 mini-buses including some intending to transport people to work and some possibly on their way home heading South were set ablaze in several explosions.

Initial indications are that those targeted in this barbaric attack included several Christians who were traveling to observe the Easter holidays with friends and family. Now and again, families who had expectations of a happy reunion during this time of Christian celebrations are being foreceffuly fed this cup of sorrow.

What a travesty!

Just over the weekend in two Borno State villages, home to many Christians, another 38 people had been killed by he same despicable terrorists.

We share in the pain of the relatives of the victims both the dead and the injured and we demand from the federal government a serious and effective solution to curb is rising wave of terrorism and violence in the land.

Three states in Northeastern Nigeria has become the hotbed of Boko Haram attacks in recent times and now the attack of a town close to the capital of the country at a time and season such as Easter is another proof of the major underlying target of Boko Haram terrorism.

CANAN is very annoyed not just at the unrelenting acts of the terrorists to take human life so wantonly, but also at increasing failure of the constituted authorities in Nigeria to protect life and property. This arrant waste of innocent life must stop!

CANAN insists that the Nigerian authorities must work harder to protect the freedom of Nigerian Christians to practice their faith.

We agree with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon that " the perpetrators of this attack and those responsible for the continuing brutal attacks in the northeast of the country, must be brought to justice. "

We again reject the argument that poverty is the main cause of these attacks and hope those making that argument will consider the prevailing poverty in other parts of the country which has not degenerated to the kind of wanton violence we set perpetrated by Boko Haram. Poor people sure needs developmental efforts, but poor people can afford the resources maintaining this prolonged insurgency.

We reiterate our call to the US government to expedite its plans to help the federal government in better managing this situation so as to preserve the lives of innocent Nigerians who are being killed maliciously.

After its inaugural yearly Advisory Board meeting, consisting of national trustees and chapter coordinators of the association across the US, CANAN restates its resolve to continue to protect the interests of Nigerian Christians and all innocent Nigerians, everywhere, while also projecting the image of Nigerian-Americans here in the US and globally.

CANAN will also continue to work actively with the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to address pertinent areas of concern and welfare of its members and the nation.

'Laolu Akande
Executive Director
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN
P. O. Box 1041
Bay Shore, New York 11706

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