BY TAYE OBATERU
Jos- The Plateau State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday condemned the upsurge in terrorism in various parts of the country, alleging that those behind the acts were bent on destroying the country.

It therefore called on President Goodluck Jonathan and security agencies in the country to do everything possible to expose individuals and organisations sponsoring these activities with a view to bringing them to book.

Addressing newsmen, State Chairman of CAN, Rev. Philip Dafes said government must resist any temptation to dialogue with the terrorists as it will not achieve the desired result.

Dafes said: “We must categorically tell Mr. President that there is no amount of negotiation  that will get Nigeria out of  terrorism. Rather, the advocates are aiming at distracting the government of Nigeria and security agencies while mobilizing resources to unleash more havoc on Nigerians”.

CAN viewed as unfortunate the letter written to the presidency by Ulama/Elders Council in Plateau State over the recent crisis in the state, describing it as self-implicating.

According to Dafes: “It is unfortunate that the Council of Ulamas, an esteemed body of religious leaders will be more concerned about the number of vehicles burnt and the youths arrested as suspects without giving attention to the number of youths and women that were shot and matcheted to death during the violent attack on the community, and also not minding the killing of Plateau citizens in Jos and surrounding villages by militant mercenaries on daily basis”.

” It is a known fact that Christians in Jos only act in self defence. It is unfortunate that the Council of Ulamas who are supposed to be stakeholders in finding lasting solution to the ongoing attack on Plateau State is making such self-implicating statements to the President.”

The Ulama/Elders Council had in a letter dated September 1, 2011 to President Jonathan, condemned the “attack on Muslim faithful where they had gone to observe Eid el Fitr prayers”.

The letter jointly signed by the Chief Imam of Jos, Sheikh Balarabe Dawud, Sheikh Muhammed Yahaya Jingir, and Sheikh Alhassan Saeed, expressed concern about the silence of both the Plateau State and Federal Governments over the development.

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