Christians in the Northern part of the country has accused the federal government of abdicating its responsibility of protecting lives and allowing the Boko Haram insurgents to continue to wreak havoc in the region, THISDAY reports.
This was stated on Tuesday as over 2,000 displaced Christians from northern states including Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, among others, gathered at the headquarters of the Church of the Brethren (EYN Church) in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Narrating their plights to journalists, the Christians said the government has no explanation to justify the ongoing genocide in the North by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North Central Zone (Youth wing), Mr. Daniel Kadzai, said Christians in the North were disappointed with the response of the international community to the pogrom by Boko Haram with the inactive attitude of the federal government.
He said: “We have lost confidence in the Federal Government of Nigeria. Available information shows that 11,213 Christians have been killed by the insurgents even before they captured Mubi, Maiha, Hong and Gombi Local Governments.
“So far, 1.56 million persons have been displaced by the insurgents. These are mostly children and elderly people. The other affected churches are the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Deeper Life Bible Church, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Praise Chapel, Baptist Church and many others that we do not have information on their level of victimisation.
“We express our disappointment with the international community that with over 11,000 persons killed and over one million displaced, the international community has refused to notice the pogrom on northern Nigerian Christians. Rather they have shifted their attention and resources only to Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Afghanistan, as if those killed in Nigeria are not human beings.
Kadzai said more than 700,000 members of EYN church mostly women and children were now scattered, while over 8,000 members have been murdered by the insurgents.
The Christian body therefore called on the United Nations to intervene and declare the North-eastern Nigeria its territory without further delay and send in peacekeeping troops to secure the lives of the remaining traumatised people.