A Christian association in the United States on Tuesday condemned the Christmas Day attacks on Churches in northern part of the country, urging the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibility of protecting Nigerians.
The attacks were reportedly carried out by the Boko Haram sect.
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), in a statement said the government has shown “sufficient inability” to quell the sect’s insurgency.
The statement reads:
“We had warned that Boko Haram would continue its tradition of killing Nigerian Christians on Christmas day. Last week marked the third straight year that the terror group has murdered Nigerian Christians in the church on a Christmas day.
“But the problem is worse than that. This year alone Boko Haram has killed almost 800 Nigerians, most of whom are Christians. In the last three years, over 3,000 have been killed tragically. Victims also include people from several other countries.
“President Goodluck Jonathan again over the weekend acknowledged his government’s inability to quell the Boko Haram attacks. According to the Associated Press, Jonathan’s remarks offer a glimpse into “the worried leader’s mind as his weak government remains unable to stop attacks by the Boko Haram.
“Our government in Washington DC, especially the White House and the State Department are fully aware of what is going on. But both President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have simply tolerated this impunity by their inaction.
“Already, American citizens have been affected, and the United Nations building in Abuja has been attacked by these terrorists. The U.S Congress had affirmed that Boko Haram is a threat to America, especially with the group’s suspected links to al-Qaeda.
“On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram members were busy slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or at their homes. At least 15 of such barbaric killings have been reported in the last few days. Worshippers had to watch in horror as their colleagues’ throats were cut off!”
Boko Haram’s Killings, Nigeria-U.S Group Condemns