The head of the Nigerian Christian community has issued a final warning call to the government urging the country’s leadership to use all necessary means to halt protracted violence against Christians in the country.
“I will now make a final call to the Nigerian government to use all resources available to it to clearly define and neutralize the problem as other nations have done,” Ayo Oritsejafor, told reporters Wednesday, according to the AFP.
“The church leadership has hitherto put great restraint on the restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerians, but can no longer guarantee such cooperation if this trend of terror is not halted immediately,” the leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria added.
The call from Oritsejafor came only days after two gunmen stormed church services at Bayero University in the city of Kano – leaving 19 people dead. The same day, four other people were killed as they left a church in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but many point to the Islamist militant group Boko Harm as the likely perpetrators of the violence.
Christians in the country have been subject to scores of attacks including Christmas and Easter day bombings that left dozens of worshippers dead.
Wednesday’s final call on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathon and his government to take significant steps forward to halt the attacks could signal a turning point in the response to violence in the country.
“It is very difficult to really know what’s going to happen,” Jonathan Racho, the regional manger for Africa at International Christian Concern (ICC) told The Christian Post regarding the possibility of an all-out war between Nigeria’s Christians and Boko Haram.
About time. Christians are taught to turn the other cheek but that doesn’t mean sit there and allow yourselves to be slaughtered by Islamist suicide bombers and gunmen.