The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), northern chapter has appealed to President Buhari to prevail on northern leaders to adopt the legal process in contracting marriages – The clergy men also asked the president to address difficulties faced by Christians while practising their faith in the north.
They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the alleged abduction, conversion and forced marriage of underage Christian girls by some emirs.
According to the guardian, the CAN delegation led by the chairman in the zone, Rev. Yakubu Pam, on Thursday, November 3, appealed to the president to prevail on other northern leaders to adopt the legal process in contracting marriages.
The Christian leaders also raised other issues affecting Christians in the region such as the difficulties faced by Christians while practising their faith in the north and the incessant attacks on farmers and invasion of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking with journalist after the meeting, Rev. Pam disclosed the purpose and details discussed in the meeting with the president.
“WE CAME TO PRESENT OURSELVES AS THE NORTHERN CAN CHAPTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND TO TELL HIM SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT NORTHERN CHRISTIANS ARE PASSING THROUGH. “ONE OF THOSE CHALLENGES IS THAT WE ARE HAVING DIFFICULTIES IN EXPRESSING OUR FAITH IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.
WE HAVE ALSO TOLD HIM SOME OF THE DIFFICULTIES WE ARE PASSING THROUGH WITH THE FULANI HERDSMEN. “THE FARMERS NEED TO BE PROTECTED AND IN FACT, WE TOLD THE PRESIDENT THAT WE HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING OUR YOUTHS TO GO INTO FARMING AND THEY NEED TO BE PROTECTED AND WHEN THEY COME INTO THE CITY, THERE IS NO EMPLOYMENT; THAT IS WHY FARMERS MUST BE PROTECTED.
“WE ALSO TALKED ON THE ISSUE OF GIRL-CHILD ABDUCTION IN THE NORTH. IN SOME NORTHERN STATES, SOME YOUNG GIRLS AND CHILDREN ARE BEING ABDUCTED AT 12 YEARS OLD AND THE PARENTS WILL JUST HEAR THAT THE GIRLS HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO TRADITIONAL RULERS AND EMIRS.”
In response, Buhari said he would keep faith with the oath of office he swore and treat all Nigerians equitably.