Buhari condemns killing of CAN chairman in Adamawa as religious body tackles President/

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday condemned the killing of Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi, by deadly Boko Haram sect.

The murder of the Andimi, who was abducted in early January, reportedly followed the inability of the CAN and the terrorist group to reach a compromise on ransom required to secure his release.

In a statement issued through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari vowed to ensure perpetrators of the evil act are brought to book.

According to him, the “terrorists will continue to pay a heavy price for their actions and would comprehensively be defeated by our determined armed forces”.

He added: “President Buhari consoles the Christian community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa state and the Bishop’s family over the sad loss of the man of God.

“The president urged nations of the world to end all support provided to Boko Haram and Islam in West Africa, ISWA terrorist groups whose only goal is to sow death, violence, and destruction in the sub-region.”

Meanwhile, CAN had tackled the President over the continued killing of Christians in the country, without any concrete action to arrest the trend.

Speaking in a statement issued through the body’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Vondip, CAN president, Samson Ayokunle, stated Andimi’s killing was yet indicative of Buhari government’s inability to protect the country.

The statement read: “The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle and indeed the entire CAN leadership and the Nigerian Church are deeply saddened with the news of the gruesome murder of Rev. Lawan Andimi the CAN Chairman Michika Local Government Area and the District Church Council Secretary of the Ecclesiya Yan’uwa a Nigeia (EYN) Church in Michika, Adamawa State.

“We recall sadly that Late Rev. Lawan Andimi while in captivity made a passionate appeal to the leadership of his church and the Federal Government to come to his rescue. The Church did everything within her reach to secure the safe release of this pastor gentleman but it was not possible because they didn’t have the military power to do so.

“Just last Sunday, a clergyman, Rev Denis Bagauri was murdered by unknown gunmen in his residence at Mayo Belwa of Adamawa State. The Church views the unabated kidnappings, extortion and killings of Christians and innocent Nigerians as shameful to the government that each time boasts that it has conquered insurgency.

“In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region!

“A government that cannot protect the governed is a failed government. Can the government tell us what they did since Rev. Andimì cried out to them for help? If the security agencies claim the terrorists are operating outside the country, why is it possible for these hoodlums to invade the country, kill, maim, burn and kidnap without any convincing checks on the part of the security agencies?”