The Northern states chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Saturday condemned forced marrriage of Christian minors in the North to adukt muslims.
The group, which alleged that these marriages are with the knowledge of Emirs, also kicked against Nigeria’s membership of the Coalition of Islamic Countries Against Terrorism.
The spokesman of the association, Reverend Joseph Hayab, said the Ese Oruru case was one of numerous cases in the region.
He said: “Church leaders expressed concern because reports reaching us from different states showed that innocent underage Christian minors have been kept in different palaces under the guise that they will change their faith and are ready to be married out without the consent of their parents.
“The Church leaders are saying government must be up to its responsibility of tackling the issues without playing politics with them. We are saying, government, wake up and live up to expectation.”
Continuing, Hayab said the Northern CAN, also frowned at Nigeria’s membership of Islamic Countries Fighting Against Terrorism. “Though Christians in the North, who are mostly victims of terror attacks over the years, abhorred terrorism in its entirety, we needed more clarifications from the government of the day of our membership of any coalition against terrorism”, Hayab said.
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