A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Magnus Atilade, on Saturday advised the federal government to accept offers from foreign countries to help tackle terrorism.

Atilade, who gave the advice at a press briefing in Lagos, said that it was important to accept the offer of assistance as human lives were being lost in tens, in scores and in hundreds.

“The unprovoked Christmas day attacks at St Theresa`s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State and Plateau State, were terrible as our Christian brothers and sisters were killed in cold blood.

“Since Boko Haram was launched in 2002, there have been strings of attacks targeting innocent people.

“We have to speak out to save Nigeria and bring back sanity into the country,“ Atilade said.

He said that Christian leaders viewed the attacks as callous, wicked, malicious and irresponsible and that no human society or religious group should tolerate or glorify the death of innocent people.

The Archbishop called for an immediate end to the bloody attacks, adding that the Federal Government should not allow violent and extremist organisation to dictate the tempo in the country.

“Nigeria should not be too proud or excited to accept the offers from foreign countries to help Nigeria tackle terrorism.

“We demand that the federal government investigate, prosecute and expose the sponsors of these criminal acts.

“The Federal Government should ensure the security of lives and properties of Christians across the country by forming a great coalition of forces of good, to oppose the forces of evil,’’ he said.

Atilade said that the Christian community was running out of patience as their hope in the security agencies was waning. (NAN)

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