The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kano State chapter has distanced itself from the kidnappers of the nine rescued children of the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the Kano State Police Command had paraded six kidnap suspects for abduction and alleged forceful conversion to Christianity of nine Kano-born children in Onitsha, Anambra State.
However, in a statement signed by the state’s chairman of CAN, Adeyemo Samuel on Friday, the group stated that although the suspects might be bearing names of Christians, their actions has no any religious undertone or backing, saying: “they should not be associated with the Christian faith and CAN, as no Church or CAN ever encouraged such evil acts in all our tenets.”
“We hereby state categorically that CAN does not know these criminal elements and they do not have any relationship with CAN.
“They are individuals with depraved minds and who have sold themselves to the do evil.
“CAN does not in any way support criminal act of any sort by any one or group of persons, hence we state clearly that the security agents should investigate deeply so as to know their accomplices whoever they may be and have all of them arrested and prosecuted without any delay and let the full wrath of the law take its course on them,” the statement reads in parts.
While condemning the act, the chairman urged the people of the state not to allow the incident affect the relationship that exists between the two religious groups.
He commended Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for his commitment to keep Kano peaceful, praising the state police command for the gallantry it exhibited in the rescue of the victims.
“In the same vein, CAN recognises and appreciates the fatherly roles and efforts of the Kano State Emirate Councils in ensuring continuous peace in all their domains in spite of the evil actions of these criminal elements,” he said.