Boko Haram attacks: CAN fires back at Buhari, says president’s statement misleading

By David Abiola, Abuja

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has fired back at President Muhammadu Buhari over the statement he made on Tuesday claiming that at least 90 per cent of victims attacked and killed by Boko Haram terrorists were Muslims describing the president statement aas misleading.

Buhari had made the comments in an article he wrote to pay tribute to Chairman of the CAN in Michika, Adamawa State, Pastor Lawan Andimi, who was recently beheaded by Boko Haram insurgents.

In the article, the President insisted that it was false to claim that Christians were the primary targets of Boko Haram insurgents.

He said, “Indeed, it is the reality that some 90 per cent of all Boko Haram’s victims have been Muslims: they include a copycat abduction of over 100 Muslim schoolgirls, along with their single Christian classmate; shootings inside mosques; and the murder of two prominent imams. Perhaps it makes for a better story should these truths, and more, be ignored in the telling.”

But hitting back at Buhari, the president of CAN, Reverend Supo Ayokunle, challenged the president to put every machinery in motion to ensure the safety of every citizen.

The CAN president who was represented by association’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, said, “The Christian Association of Nigeria notes with pains President Buhari’s unfounded, false, provocative and misleading assertion that 90 per cent of Boko Haram victims are Muslims.

“On reading this misleading and provocative statement coming from the number one citizen of the country, one will hardly doubt that the President understands the difference between the real victims and perpetrators of the heinous crime against the Church and humanity.

“No wonder Boko Haram is getting more attention from the Federal Government in the name of rehabilitation and de-radicalisation than the victims who lost their lives, loved ones and living in the internally displaced persons’ camps.

“What is the source of the President’s records? He should bring out his records with figures and the Christians will present theirs! Is he calculating the figures brandished by security chiefs as victims killed by Boko Haram; killed during operations?, he questioned.