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Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Boko Haram: Northern Christians may mark Xmas, New Year indoors
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As required under sharia law. No bells, no pork, no celebrating the 'evangel' openly. From the Nigerian Tribune and the Osun Defender

CHRISTIANS in some parts of the North may celebrate the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations indoors, in view of the persistent security challenges facing in the region.

A source, who preferred anonymity, told Sunday Tribune, in Kano, that various Christian leaders in states, like Kano, Bauchi, Plateau, Yobe, Borno and others, had advised their fellow brothers and sisters to celebrate indoors, so as to prevent unscrupulous people from using the festive period to foment trouble.

The source hinted that people, who had formed the habit of celebrating at drinking joints and relaxation centers, should be wary of the happenings in the region; he also urged them to be moderate while celebrating.

“Nobody can say what is going to happen precisely, but recent happenings and our past experiences have taught us that Islamic fundamentalists, otherwise known as Boko Haram, may attack Christians during the festive period. . . While celebrating, it is important they watch their backs, and be careful about what they do during the period,”

The president of Christ Apostolic Mission Church, CAMC, Pastor Adesoji Ajayi has said that the continuous attacks on churches in the Northern part of the country was aimed at pursuing Christians out of the region. The cleric gave this observation while speaking at the ongoing church’s Diamond Jubilee Convention on Sunday.

The cleric warned that the Boko Haram menace may wipe out the entire nation if care is not take. “Activities of Boko Haram in some Northern states are meant to harass the Christians out of these states. One may, therefore, say that the fate of the Christians in the North hangs in the balance,”

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Posted on 12/18/2012 2:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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