The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari government to halt the de-radicalizing programme for ‘repentant terrorists’ and other irks, alleging that the programme is counterproductive.
The call followed the invasion of St. Francis Catholic church during Sunday worship in Owo, Ondo State, killing an unspecified number of worshippers and maiming many others with guns and explosives.
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, media assistant to the CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle in a Press statement, described the development as ‘outrageous’ and called for an overhaul of the Country’s security architecture.
The association however demanded punishment for attackers and condoled with the families of the victims, the church and the government over the unfortunate incident.
Part of the statement read, “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the unprovoked attacks and killing of several innocent worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, and called on the security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly criminality,” the statement said about Sunday’s incident which led to many deaths and injuries.
“We are once again reiterating our quest for a total overhauling of the security architecture and are asking President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the recycling of those criminals and terrorists in the name of de-radicalising programme. If the programme is not counterproductive, how come the criminalities are always on the increase and nowhere is safe again?”
“This is sad, wrong, condemnable, outrageous, unacceptable, and satanic. There is no explanation for this unprovoked attack and assault on a place of worship. This is raw persecution. These people are possessed, and demonic and are not working for the good of the Country. May God descend heavily on them and fight them mindless agents of Satan from their roots in Jesus’ name.
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