National leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday described the killing of Christians across some states, especially the recent one in Abuja, as brutal and unacceptable.
CAN said: “Authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and may not be tolerated anymore.”
It called on Christians all over to always be ready to defend themselves against further attacks.
One of such attacks was the murder of a 42-year-old Christian mother of seven children, Mrs. Eunice Elisha Olawale, who on Saturday, July 9, 2016, was brutally killed while on Christian evangelism.
Mrs. Olawale was murdered in Kubwa area of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in the early hours of the day.
CAN advised authorities both at the states and federal level to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice before the crisis gets out of control.
A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the general secretary
of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, said: “The unprovoked attacks on Christians and the authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and may not be tolerated anymore. Inasmuch as we will continue to call on Christians to remain tolerant and law abiding, it is becoming
inevitable to also call on them to buckle up and be ready to defend themselves against these incessant unprovoked and mindless attacks.
“The national leadership and the entire members of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has received with rude shock and disbelief the report of yet another religious hatred murder of a dedicated 42-year-old Christian mother of seven children, Mrs. Eunice Elisha, who on Saturday, 9th July, 2016, was brutally killed
while doing Christian evangelism.
“Mrs. Eunice Elisha was murdered in Kubwa area of Abuja, FCT, in the early hours of the day. Her neck was slashed and she was also stabbed in the stomach.
“About a month ago in Kano, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, a 74-year-old Christian, was murdered at Wambai market due to an altercation with a Muslim man who came to the front of her shop to perform ablution. Her offence was that she objected to the Islamic washing rite in front of her shop.
“Just last week, a clergyman of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Rev. Zakariya was killed by attackers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Obi LGA of Nasarawa State. They attacked him on his farm, cut off his arms and legs, then they chopped his head with a machete.
“Another fresh but sad news reaching us is that of the Fulani herdsmen militia is back on rampage killing 81 people in multiple attacks in Logo and Ukum Local Government Areas of Benue State in central Nigeria.
“In recent times, there have been multiple cases of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on various Christian communities all over the nation. In the South-East and in the South-South zones, there have been gruesome attacks on IPOB members and on Christian communities in the Niger Delta. All these are in addition to the relentless attacks of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and southern Borno.
“The Christian Association of Nigeria commiserates with the families affected by these mindless orgies of death and destruction, as well as with the entire Christian community in Nigeria. We pray that God in
His mercy shall comfort and strengthen the families of all the Nigerians affected in these unwarranted murders unleashed upon the nation by religious extremists.
“The recurring decimal of violence and murder of innocent Nigerian citizens on the basis of religious intolerance demands specific and relevant response from all concerned citizens in the country, more so
when the government in power seems to have adopted an attitude of lukewarm response to the evils being perpetrated in Nigeria in the name of religion.
“The discrimination against non-Muslims in Nigeria under the Buhari administration is assuming a dangerous dimension that should not be left to the vagaries of time and circumstance to resolve.
“You will agree with me that with these happenings and the lukewarm attitude by the authorities concern toward putting an end to it, Nigeria is dancing a macabre dance of death, both for the nation and for its citizens.
It is time to stop the beat and let common sense guide the nation out of the present quagmire. A stitch in time saves nine.
“Before the situation escalates into an unmanageable national crisis, the Christian Association of Nigeria is calling on the authorities both at the states and federal to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Meanwhile, House of Representatives yesterday charged the acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to ensure that a thorough investigation was carried out on the murder of late Mrs Eunice Elisha Olawale.
It would be recalled that a 42-year-old mother of seven was on Saturday morning murdered by unknown assailants while evangelising around Gbazango area of Kubwa, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Mrs Olawale, who was a deaconess at the Divine Touch Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Old NEPA Road, Phase 4, Kubwa, was said to have been cut in the neck and also stabbed in the stomach.
It was learnt that her killers left her in the pool of her blood with her Bible, megaphone and cell phone.
The House resolution followed a motion of urgent national importance titled ‘Gruesome Murder of Mrs Eunuce Olawale in Kubwa, Abuja, and Need to Protect other Citizens in the FCT’ sponsored by Hon Babatunde Kolawole.
Leading the debate, Kolawole noted that the late Mrs Olawale was from Ilawe in Ekiti State while the husband is from Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State.
The lawmaker hinted that she was allegedly murdered by miscreants who were said to be annoyed by her early morning preaching in the area.
Kolawole observed that the incident was causing ethnic tension in the FCT because of the claim that she was killed by extremists.
In its resolution, the lawmakers agreed to raise a delegation to commiserate with the deceased’s family.
The House also urged the FCT administration to demolish all shanties across the capital territory hiding most of these miscreants.

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