The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Plateau State Chapter has condemned the attack on Igbo Christians by Muslim youths in Jos last Thursday, which killed a final year computer science student of the University of Jos, Jerry Mantim Binkur, and injured at least five people.
The association, in a statement, pleaded with “the Igbos on the Plateau to remain calm as nobody will ask them to leave Plateau.” Soja Bewarang, its Chairman said. He called on Christians to “wise up and work collectively to frustrate the designs of criminals in our midst.”
Reacting to the attack, youths groups from the predominantly Christian Middle Belt region, in a press release, 15th September warned the Muslim youths to either embrace peace or leave the region.
In a statement made available to Global Christian News, Barrister Seth Mangset, Plateau State Coordinator of the group said, “We are fully aware of the unfortunate development that is about to resurrect on the Plateau by some unscrupulous miscreants whose job is to raise crisis in the state as result of the tension across the country… Those who feel warmongering is their way of life are not welcomed on the Plateau.”
The statement warned that the group will not “hesitate to act if this fails. We are ready to protect lives and property of peace loving people in the state.”