The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),Borno state chapter has urged the Federal Government to continue with the ceasefire agreement with the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Rev. Titus Pona, state Chairman of CAN said this in a communique at the end of a three day fasting and prayer for Christians in Maiduguri.
He said that since the sect have shown interest in negotiations, the government should go ahead and discuss.
“We the Christian faithful in Borno commend the efforts of the Federal Government for agreeing with the Jama’atul Ahalis Sunna Lida’awati, popularly called the Boko Haram, for a ceasefire,” he said.
He said that there were indications that a faction of the sect might not be interested in the cease- fire agreement.
“We are happy with the ceasefire, although, we heard some reports suggesting attacks by some suspected insurgents lately.
“We believe it is only a faction that is not interested in the peace process,” “ we believe that those interested in peace are in the majority.
“Government should also be sincere in dealing with the insurgents to ensure lasting peace.’
“We assume that the Chibok girls and other people in their captivity are alive and well,”
“ We pray that the offer for ceasefire will be adhered to in order to have the abducted ones released and for an end to the insurgency ravaging Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and other parts of the country,” he said.
Despite the ceasefire agreement entered with the government, the insurgent struck again on Friday even as the military killed 25 of them in Damboa on Sunday.