Despite State of Emergency, Boko Haram Still Murdering Christians in Northern Nigeria

Despite the emergency rule imposed on three northern states in Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan, Islamic militants with Boko Haram continue to attack Christians and citizens, according to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

"Last Friday, for instance, an executive member of CAN in Gwoza Local Government, Rev. Luka Bazigila and a member of the COCIN Church, Yohanna, both of whom were in attendance at a Christian fellowship were shot dead by gunmen, who was on a motocycle," the president of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, revealed in a statement.

"Members of the sect also killed the step mother of the Medical Director of the Borno State Hospital, when they could not find the doctor at home. A Muslim guard, employed by a Christian architect in Abuja, was mistaken for a Christian and shot dead. One COCIN member on the Mandara Mountain was burnt by members of Boko Haram on Sunday morning," the statement added.

The pastor called for prayers for peace and unity in the country and an end to the bloodshed.

He also called on the government to expose the sponsors of Boko Haram, in light of a recent statement by the military saying they recovered a document containing the sponsors' names.

He added, "I believe that such exposition will go a long way in the fight against Boko Haram and will serve as a deterrent to others who might want to toe the same line."

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