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CAN urges FG to continue ceasefire deal with Boko Haram

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Maiduguri – The Borno chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday advised the Federal Government to continue with the ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram.

Rev. Titus Pona, Chairman of CAN in Borno, stated this in a communique at the end of a three day fasting and prayer for Christians in Maiduguri.

According to him government should continue with the agreement in spite of the recent attacks in some communities in the state.

Pona said that since the insurgents had expressed the desire for peace, government must take advantage of the offer by playing along.

“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.

Pona said however 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,” he said.

Pona added: “ 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.’.

He said that the ceasefire would hopefully lead to the release of the students of the Government Secondary Schools (GSS) Chibok and others in captivity of the insurgents.

“We assume that the Chibok girls and other people in their captivity are alive and well,” Pona said.

“ 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.(NAN)

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