The President of the Christian Association Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has said that the declaration of a state of emergency in three north east states is a justified action and a vindication of CAN?s position that negotiation with terrorists will always end up a futile exercise. ?We are being vindicated that no reasonable agreement can be reached with terrorists?, he said.
Oritsejafor said not dissolving the political structures coupled with the retention of the office of the governors, are signposts that President Goodluck Jonathan is a democrat and that the action of the President is also an indication that he is primarily concerned with the issue of human rights abuses and the need to secure the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
While saying that the state of emergency declared in the three states is not unexpected, the CAN President called on the three governors to reciprocate the kind gesture by cooperating with those charged with the responsibility of bringing down the insurgency, just as he called on all Nigerians of goodwill, in and outside the three states, to join hands with the Federal Government in dealing with the Boko Haram issue.
He stated that with the declaration of a state of emergency in the three states, the Amnesty Committee was no longer relevant and should be dissolved. ?The government should suspend the Amnesty Committee?, he posited.
God bless Nigeria.
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