Anguish, Pain as Boko-haram decided to
reject a fifty million ransom offered in place of 2million Euros and went ahead
to kill the chairman of Christian Association Nigeria in michika local
Government area of Adamawa state, Rev Lawan Andimi.
state CAN chairman, Bishop Dami Mamza, who broke the sad news to some
journalists in Yola said that the insurgents had demanded two million euros
(about N50 million) and still went ahead to kill the innocent cleric.
Bishop Mamza, who said that the killing
was communicated to them through their contact, added that another pastor was
abducted and killed almost at the same time with the kidnapped and murdered a cleric from Michika.
Mamza said that Boko Haram had not been
defeated or suppressed, asking the government to tell Nigerians the truth.
“Negotiations were still ongoing when
they stopped calling. They were offered N50 million but they rejected it. They
called his wife last week, informing her that they would be beheading him
(Andimi) on Saturday, but somehow, they waited till Monday.”
The state CAN chairman lamented the
constant attacks on Christians in the country, citing the killing of Pastor
Dennis Bagauri of the Lutheran Church in Mayo-Belwa area by suspected
kidnappers on Sunday.
President Mohammadu Buhari on his part has
condemned the killing of Andimi, describing it as cruel, inhuman and
In his reaction to the incident,
President Buhari expressed sorrow that the terrorists went on to kill the
religious leader while giving signals at the same time of a willingness to set him
free by releasing him to third parties.
Buhari condoled with the Christian
community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa State and the
bishop’s family over the sad loss of the cleric. He promised that terrorists
would continue to pay a heavy price for their actions and would comprehensively
be defeated by the armed forces.
The president urged nations of the
world to end all support provided to Boko Haram and Islam in West Africa (ISWA)
terrorist groups whose only goal is to sow death, violence, and destruction in
Meanwhile National CAN have equally
expressed sadness over the murder of Andimi.
In a statement, yesterday in Abuja, the
Director, Legal and Public Affairs of CAN, Evangelist Kwamkur Samuel Vondip,
said the church viewed the unabated kidnappings, extortions and killings of
Christians and other innocent Nigerians as shameful to the government that each
time boasts that it has conquered insurgency.
He questioned why the Buhari-led
government has not overhauled the security architecture with a view to
injecting new ideas into the security system since the agencies are not living
up to the expectations of the government.
Vondip observed that the church is
almost losing hope in the government’s ability to protect Nigerians, especially
Christians who have become endangered species on its watch. He called on the international community, particularly the United States, U.K., Germany, and
Israel, to come to the aid of Nigeria, especially, the church so that they
might not be eliminated one by one.
“It is reprehensible and saddening that
each time the government comes out to claim the defeat of the insurgency, more
killings of our people are committed. In the light of the current developments
and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks
against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal
Government is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in
Nigeria, bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security a sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region! Is that lopsidedness
not a cover-up for the operation of the insurgency? If not, why couldn’t the
well-equipped security agents of Nigeria get this man killed rescued?”
He recalled that the murdered Andimi,
while in captivity, made a passionate appeal to the leadership of his church
and the Federal Government to come to his rescue, adding that his church did
everything within her reaches to secure his safe release but to no avail because
they didn’t have the military power to do so.
“There are questions begging for
answers. What is the essence of SIM card registration if the authorities cannot
use it to track down these killers who rely on phones as a mean of
communication to do their criminalities? What has become of intelligence
gathering of our security agencies? Are the government and the security
agencies still claiming that the war against these criminals in religious
garments has been won despite all the killings? Is the government sincere in
fighting these terrorists or merely paying lip service to the war against the
insurgency? Can the government tell us what they did since Rev. Andimì cried
out to them for help? If the security agencies claim the terrorists are
operating outside the country, why is it possible for these hoodlums to invade
the country, kill, maim, burn and kidnap without any convincing checks on the
part of the security agencies?”
Amnesty International also condemned
the killing of the clerics, saying the situation “is appalling.”
The Director of Amnesty International
Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, in a statement, said: “We are appalled by reports that
Reverend Lawan Andimi, the chairman of a local chapter of CAN, was killed by
Boko Haram yesterday.
“With this horrific murder and an
increasing number of attacks in recent weeks, Boko Haram has again shown its
brazen disregard for the sanctity of life. These deplorable crimes must not go
“It is appalling that Boko Haram
followed up the killing of Andimi on Monday with an attack on his village in
Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.”
Amnesty warned the terrorists that
targeting civilians is a crime under international law.
“Boko Haram must immediately stop its
attacks on civilians. All those responsible for war crimes and other human
rights violations and abuses in Nigeria must be brought to justice in a fair
The international agency called on the
Nigerian authorities to re-double their efforts to rescue the hundreds of
civilians still detained by Boko Haram.