Abuja - Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has condemned the killing of over 40 students of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, and the School of Health Technology in Adamawa.
Oritsejafor, in a statement on Thursday said CAN rejected the theory of election dispute as responsible for the massacre of over 40 students, having regards to the manner it was reportedly carried out.
“It believes that the reason is phoney and that such a theory, arrived at in haste, can only serve to shield the real culprits and cover up their motives.
“We are, however, consoled by the directive of President Goodluck Jonathan that security agencies should promptly arrest the killers of the students.
“CAN is of the view that the Federal Government should go beyond this directive and ensure that those caught are made to face the full weight of the laws of our land.
“It is unacceptable to CAN that students whose parents have spent fortunes on their education, would be cut down by some elements in the society whose trade-mark is blood and sorrow.”
Oritsejafor noted that it was gratifying that some arrests had been made by the Police.
“We call on the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure that those arrested are the real culprits, so that the innocent would not suffer for the sins of villains like the gunmen.
“The Police should not arrest those fleeing in the name of making a breakthrough.
"Security agencies must fish out the gunmen and there should be no cover up,” he added.
The cleric said CAN believed in the oneness of Nigeria-- in accordance with her secular status-- and would, therefore, kick against any divisive actions of groups or individuals.
“ It is for this reason that we call on all men and women of goodwill in Nigeria to join the government to fight what may snowball into a religious or ethnic war on account of the siege on her.
“We plead with the National Assembly to speed up the bill on anti-terrorism and to introduce clauses that would discourage those with penchant for murder, bombing and other terrorist activities.
“CAN vehemently condemns the barbaric act of the gunmen," he said.
Oritsejafor said CAN commiserated with families who lost their loved ones, students and the authorities of the affected institutions.