By Sam Eyoboka
PRESIDENT of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN,Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor yesterday pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently muster the political will to fish out, what he called agents of terrorism who are out to destbilise the nation.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the 2010 Poverty Alleviation Programme of his Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, the CAN president said he was pained that certain individuals could deliberately attempt to truncate the peace that was beginning to evolve in Jos after a spate of violent crises.
“I must tell you that was the worst devastation that I have heard since the beginning of the year, especially knowing that people could detonate bombs in Jos on the eve of Christmas,” he said, adding: “It was shocking and that is why I will like to call on the Federal Government to urgently arrest the brains behind the act of terrorism.”
Oritsejafor who described the twin violent uprisings in Jos and Maiduguri, Borno State as political and religious, warned that if the government does not move fast to arrest the growing trend of terrorism in parts of the North, there might be greater devastation.
According to him, it is obvious that the blasts were the evil machinations of certain powerful and influential individuals in the society who are determined to truncate the current political transition, if they cannot get their hearts’ desires.
Oritsejafor who also used the occasion to call on the Christain Community to remain calm while he is still making efforts to reach President Goodluck Jonathan on how best to deal with the matter and assuage the victims of the bomb blasts by way of adequately compensating them.
He opined that certain powerful individuals in the society have perfected plans to destabilise the nation’s polity by provoking the Christian Community to reaction and cause chaos and in the aftemath of the chaos make the country ungovernable.
According to him, there were earlier security reports that were not promptly acted upon and hence scores of Nigerians were sent to their untimely death and denied the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
He maintained that Christmas reminds Christians of “the birth of hope, the birth of peace and the birth of true reconciliation.”
Oritsejafor therefore implored the Federal Government top take decisive steps now to tame the growing trend before these few disgruntled elements in our midst plunge the country to a theatre of another way, warning that no nation has ever survived two civil wars.
“We can no longer allow this group of disgruntled elements to get away with these acts of terrorism in Nigeria,” he said, stressing the need fr the Federal Government to urgently begin a process of training the nation’s security outfits on how to combat terrorism.
He reiterated his appeal to the Christian Community in the country to stay calm to avoid playing into the hands of people who are out to destabilise the nation for their selfish ends.
Oritsejafor also used the occasion to urge the Christian Community, who he said, are desirous of free and fair elections next year, to actively participate in the entire process.
The CAN president said Christians must come out to register during the voters registration exercise, they must select credible candidates who have impeccable pedigree and after voting for such persons thy should stay to defend their votes.