Boko Haram: Kano CAN urges Christians and Muslims to pray for divine intervention
From Desmond Mgboh, Kano
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kano State chapter, has called on both Christians and Muslims in the country to pray for divine intervention over the incessant attacks by members of Boko Haram.
The Islamist sect’s many attacks had claimed hundreds of lives. The Kano blast killed 166 people last Friday. The body also appealed to the non-indigenes, fleeing from the state, to stay, noting that God is in charge. Making the call on Wednesday, the CAN state chairman, Bishop Ransome Bello, said the exodus is not a solution to the present predicament facing the country, while insisting that with prayers, all things are possible.
He observed that there is no place where both good and bad human beings do not co-exist, insisting that the Almighty God would one day touch their hearts to retrace their steps for good. He noted that they have received a tremendous support from the Muslim community in the state who have continued to assure them that they too condemned the killings.
He appealed to both the religious and traditional rulers in the state to use their positions to dialogue with Boko Haram beacuse they are human beings who are given to reason.
Bishop Bello called on the state government to consider the advice given by members of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) on the need to establish the state and local government chapters.
Secretary of CAN, Apostle Isaac Bello, urged all to embrace peace, saying no tangible development can take place in any society characterized by chaos and anarchy.