Monday, 6 July 2015

CAN Bombs President Buhari For Imposing Boko Haramists on Anambra People reports that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra State chapter has called on the Nigeria’s Federal Government to quickly relocate the Boko-Haram terrorist inmate it recently deposited to Ekwulobia Prison penultimate to north.

This even as over 200 women, youths wings of the body and other clerics protested round the state and stopped at the Emmaus House in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

The peaceful demonstrators carried placards of different inscriptions; “we do not want Boko Haram  in our state”, “Please, Buhari remove Boko Haram for us”, “Don’t inflict Anambra with Boko Haram”, “why are you putting tension in Anambra State”, “They should be kept in the North, back to sender”, etc.

CAN spoke through a communiqué reached, presented and signed by her Chairman, Special Senior Appostle Tim Okpala; and Secretary,  Revd. Moses Ezedebego respectively after an emergency meeting attended by five bishops from Catholic and Anglican churches, among other heads of the blocks in the Christian megaphone.

Among the Bishops present were the Archbishop of Niger Province, Church of Nigeria, Rev. Dr. Christian Efobi; Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor; Anglican Bishop of Awka diocese, Dr. Alexander Ibezim; Bishop Johnson Ekwe of Niger West, Anglican Communion; Bishop Sam Ezeofor of Ogbaru diocese.

The State CAN Chairman, Snr. Apostle Tim Okpala, while reading the communiqué says the insurgents should have been taken to other place or places in the country rather than Anambra State or any part of South East.

He equally laments that Boko Haramists have a global dread which could inflict emotional injuries in the people, who have been living in relatively peaceful environment.

Calling on President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to take what they described as “dreaded and high profile criminal inmates” to a well armed military barracks or maximum security prisons as Ekwulobia does not belong to those maximum prisons, CAN however, noted that in as much as they were aware that Ekwulobia prison is a Federal Prison, and the Federal Government has the power to use it for inmates from any part of the country, bringing Boko Haram insurgents to the prison in the state, constitutes a security threat to the lives and property of Anambrarians and her residence.

While addressing the protesters, Apostle Okpala, assured that the Federal Government has listening ear and would definitely respond to their request, crying that some people living around Ekwulobia prisons have started relocating, while those remaining are living in palpable fear.

They also called on the entire populace to remain calm and pray fervently for God intervention to restoring peace and tranquillity in the country.



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