Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has described the killing of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN chairman of Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Pastor Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram insurgents as barbaric and provocative.
The umbrella body for Islamic organisations in the country, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, strongly condemned the murder, pointing out that the Boko Haram is trying to make the country ungovernable and to incite Christians against Muslims in the country.
The statement signed by the Head of Media and Communication of NSCIA, Aselemi Ibrahim therefore sympathised with the immediate family of late Pastor Andimi in particular and the leadership and members of CAN, in general.
“National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has received with great shock the news of the killing of Pastor Lawan Andimi, the CAN branch chairman of Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State by Boko Haram.
“We condemn it in the strongest terms. It is barbaric, provocative and a flagship example of man inhumanity to man. The Council believes that Boko Haram is trying to make the country ungovernable and to incite Christians against Muslims in Nigeria.
“The Council hereby expresses her heart-felt condolences to the immediate family of Pastor Lawan Andimi in particular and the leadership and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in general.
“We equally want to seize this opportunity to appeal to the leadership of CAN in Nigeria to be wary of the comments and statements it puts out in the public domain, so as not to play into the antics of the enemy. We should think-through and be sure that our comments are in the interest of national peace, security and cohesion.
“We want to state unequivocally that we are committed to a united Nigeria, where everyone is protected and free to practice his/her religion without any encumbrances,” the NSCIA stated.
The council, however, called on the federal government and the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities of protection of lives and property.
It would be recalled that the late cleric was beheaded by the insurgents on Monday when negotiation with his family and CAN was still ongoing after they demanded £2 million as ransom, but only N50 million could be raised, which was rejected.
Adamawa State Chairman of CAN, Stephen Mamza, confirmed Andimi’s murder to newsmen in Yola, the state capital on Tuesday.
Boko Haram insurgents had invaded Michika on January 2, and were quickly confronted by soldiers, but succeeded in seizing Andimi as they fled.
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