Abuja – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) expressed outrage at statements attributed to President Goodluck Jonathan on the ongoing terrorism activities by Boko Haram.
Jonathan was recently quoted from a meeting with the Honorary International Investor Council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja as saying more Muslims had died in the conflict than Christians.
In its reaction, the CAN described the President’s statement as “unfortunate and a veiled attempt to distort the truth.”
The association’s spokesman, Sunday Oibe, said, “The purported statement by the President is highly disappointing considering the fact that Christians, churches and their businesses have been the major targets of Boko Haram.”
“Our attention has been drawn to a purported claim by President Goodluck Jonathan that the Boko Haram insurgents in the north killed more Muslims than Christians and that it is not a religious issue. We want to believe that the President was misquoted. If it is true that he actually made this assertion, then we are highly disappointed and sad at this veiled attempt to distort the facts as it concerns the activities of the Boko Haram sect.”
Boko Haram's activities have resulted in the federal government declaring a state of emergency in the northern parts of the country.
– CAJ News