CAN condemns Gwoza suicide attacks, urges synergy to combat menace

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the recent suicide attacks in Gwoza, Borno state, which have claimed numerous lives and injured many others.

In a statement, Wednesday, signed by CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, the leadership of CAN commended security agents on working tirelessly to contain the threat of terrorism, saying attacks show the need for collective action to defeat terrorism.

The statement read in part: “We are concerned about the resurgence of suicide bombing in our country and the threat it poses to the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians. This senseless act of violence is a stark reminder of the evil that terrorism represents, and the need for collective action to defeat it.

“We commend the security agents who have been working tirelessly to contain the threat of terrorism in our country. We encourage them not to relent in their efforts, as every necessary intervention is welcome to prevent a relapse into the dark days of suicide attacks. We must not let down our guards, as the situation could escalate and affect not only innocent lives but also worship centers and other large gatherings.

“The attacks in Gwoza are a stark reminder that terrorism is a threat to our collective humanity. Innocent lives were lost, and it could have been anyone – a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. We must come together to condemn this evil and support the efforts of our security agents to keep us safe.

“We call on the government to intensify efforts to ensure the security and safety of all citizens, particularly in vulnerable regions. We also urge religious leaders and Nigerians to unite against terrorism and violence, promoting peace, love, and harmony.

“We pray for divine comfort and intervention in this difficult time. May God grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear their loss, and may we all remain united in our quest for peace and security. We will continue to support the efforts of our security agents and work together to build a safer and more peaceful Nigeria for all.

“Let us remember that we are not alone in this fight against terrorism. We stand in solidarity with all those who have been affected by this evil, and we will continue to work together to ensure that it does not prevail. May the souls of the departed rest in peace, and may God bless Nigeria and keep us safe.”