By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT- CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on Northern leaders to be actively involved in the drive for enduring peace in the northern part of the country.
National President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, made the call in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during the inauguration of the new leadership of the South-South chapter of the body.
He said peace would be achieved when the Northern leaders take up the responsibility of identifying members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, for dialogue.
According to him, they should emulate leaders in the Niger Delta region, who headed to the creeks for peace meetings with the ex-militants before lasting peace was achieved in the region.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan, who was Vice President then under late President Umaru Yar’Adua, left the comfort of his office in Abuja to hold peace parley with the ex-militants.
He said: “No Federal Government committee was set up before amnesty was granted to the ex-militants in the region,” adding that the leaders of the region, including himself, became actively involved in the peace process.
Earlier in his remarks, new Chairman of CAN, South-South, Most Rev. God-Dowell Avwomakpa, said the body would engage in aggressive evangelism in the region, adding that all steps should be geared towards the promotion of harmonious living.
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