Lagos - Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has condemned Sunday's bomb explosion at the St. John’s Catholic Cathedral in Bauchi.
Oritsejafor, in a statement signed by Rev. Musa Asake, National General-Secretary of the association on Monday in Lagos, urged Christians and Muslims to cooperate in attaining peace in the country.
"CAN received with shock the news of the bomb explosion at St. John’s Catholic Cathedral in Bauchi that killed four persons, leaving many wounded, when an explosives-packed car reportedly rammed into the line of worshippers waiting to be screened before entering the Church.
"According to reports, the suicide bomber died while no fewer than 48 worshippers sustained various degrees of injuries," he said.
Oritsejafor commiserated with the families of the victims, the leadership of the Church in Bauchi State and the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) over the act.
He prayed that the Almighty God would continue to defend His Church, people and multiply the lots of Christianity in Nigeria.
The cleric said the return of violence against Christians and churches, at a time when many Nigerians felt such insurgency had ebbed, was instructive.
"Coming on the heels of last week’s attack in Bauchi where some gunmen killed nine Christians and injured five, CAN condemns these deadly attacks."
He said CAN believed that Christians and well-meaning Muslims should continue to work together for the attainment of peace in the land.
"Leaders in the north can end this orgy of violence and blood-letting by fishing out elements in their midst whose intention is to give their religion a bad name," he said.