By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Niger State chapter, has condemned the recent multiple bomb blasts that claimed several lives in Jos, Plateau State, on Christmas eve.
The group also cautioned politicians and those seeking elective positions against using youths as thugs in the forthcoming general elections.
Speaking in an interview shortly after the interdenominational religious carnival which took place at the UK Bello Arts Theatre yesterday, Niger State chairman of the association, Rev. Musa Dada, described as unfortunate the destruction of innocent souls by those he described as agents of darkness.
He called for religious tolerance among all Nigerians, pointing out that shedding innocent blood in the name of religion was not only wicked but against the principles of togetherness and peaceful co-existence in Nigeria .
The CAN boss said he was of the strong convictions that some highly placed individuals were behind the Jos crisis and, therefore, appealed to the individuals concerned not to do anything that will disrupt the 2011 election.
The cleric lamented the engagement of youths as mercenaries of destruction by self-seeking individuals to score cheap political gains and appealed to Nigerian youths to resist the temptations of being lured into engaging in destructive tendencies.
He expressed regrets that Jos crisis was gradually becoming a recurrent event that seemed to have defied all solutions and appealed to the federal government to intervene in Jos mayhem, with a view to restoring permanent peace in that state.
According to Rev. Dada, “we are hearing from speculations that some highly placed individuals have a hand in Jos crisis and that is why it has defied all known solutions.”
“We have heard of security reports written in the past about the Jos crisis but we are yet to hear about how many people that has been convicted, this to me is not in our own best interest as a nation”.
The religious body faulted the federal government for being slow in action which has instead continued to fuel the Jos killing, Rev. Dada observed that, “If we fail to bring the perpetrators to book they will go ahead and do worst things with the belief that they are untouchable”.
The carnival which is now an annual event according to Dada is part of activities to mark the year 2010 Christmas and as well to minister to the youths on the need to resist temptations of engaging in negative vices.
Different denominations of the Christian faith from all parts of Niger state ministered in songs and drama depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.