CAN reacts to forced marriage of Christian girls, Islamic Coalition against terrorism (READ)

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 Northern States, on Saturday, March 12, questioned the Federal Government’s decision to include Nigeria in the coalition of Islamic Countries fighting against terrorism.

The Christian body expressed disapproval of such membership following the appointment of Reverend Yakubu Pam as the new chairman of the Northern CAN.

Pam, who took over from Archbishop Peter Jatau, on Saturday, March 12 as the new Chairman of the association said: “Though Christians in the North, who are mostly victims of terror attacks over the years, abhorred terrorism in its entirety, we need more clarifications from the government of the day of our membership of any coalition against terrorism.”

Also, the association decried the cases of Christian minors being forced into marriages with adult Muslims with the full knowledge of the Emirs in the North.

He noted that the case of Ese Oruru was just one out of countless others in the North.

He said: “Church leaders expressed concern because reports reaching us from different states showed that innocent underage Christian minors have been kept in different palaces under the guise that they will change their faith and are ready to be married out without the consent of their parents.”

“The Church leaders are saying government must be up to its responsibility of tackling the issues without playing politics with them. We are saying, government, wake up and live up to expectation.”

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