How Boko Haram rejects N50m offer, beheads abducted Adamawa CAN leader?

Terrorists Will Pay ‘A Heavy Price’ For Killing CAN Chairman – Buhari

Boko Haram have rejected N50million ransom for release of Rev. Lawan Andimi, the branch chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area in Adamawa state before executing him on Monday. 

The state CAN chairman, Bishop Dami Mamza, disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Yola on Tuesday, saying the captive had been beheaded after negotiation broke down. 

According to him, the insurgents had demanded for £200million, rejecting the N50million ransom offer out-rightly. He said the cleric’s captors threatened to kill him on Saturday but did not carry out the execution until Monday.

The EYN church pastor was abducted by the insurgents two weeks ago following an attack on Michika town. His captors subsequently released a video in which he pleaded with the Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to ensure his release. 

“Negations were still ongoing when they stopped calling. They were offered N50 million but they rejected it”, Mamza said. 

“They called his wife last week, informing her that they will be beheading him on Saturday, but somehow, they waited till Monday (yesterday). Bishop Mamza lamented the attacks on Christians citing the killing of Pastor Dennis Bagauri of the Lutheran Church in Mayo-Belwa area by suspected kidnappers on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri today condemned the execution of Rev. Andimi. Speaking through the Director General, Media and Communications, Solomon Kumangar, he said “the governor is saddened by the gruesome execution of the pastor.”

Terrorists Will Pay ‘A Heavy Price’ For Killing CAN Chairman – Buhari

The Nigerian President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) condemned the killing of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram terrorists.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the President described the murder of the clergyman as inhuman and vowed to ensure the insurgents pay dearly for their actions.

I am greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him even while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties. This barbarism is condemnable. We will ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions.He said, “The terrorist killing of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika, Adamawa State is cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative.

“This barbarism is condemnable. We will ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions.”

He was murdered by his captors on Monday, despite calls for his release by various groups, including the national leadership of the Christian body.

In his reaction, President Buhari decried the killing of the clergyman amid indications that the insurgents were going to release him.

He, however, condoled with the family of the slain reverend, the Christian community across the country, as well as the government and people of Adamawa State.

“I am greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him even while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.

“This incident has further strengthened our resolve as a government, and the resolve of our gallant Armed Forces, to comprehensively defeat all terrorist groups sowing death, violence, and destruction in our country and across West Africa,” the President said.

The Question which any one can be willing to ask President Buhari and indeed the entire Presidency is how do you make the terrorists pay for this atrocity and many that have been committed against the innocent individuals in the north east?

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed sadness with the reported killing, by the Boko Haram insurgents, of Rev. Lawan Andimi, the CAN Chairman of Michika Local Government Area and the District Church Council Secretary of the Ecclesiya Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) Church in Michika, Adamawa state.

The Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Evangelist Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, in a statement on Tuesday said the President of the CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, the CAN leadership and the Nigerian Church are saddened with the development.

According to him, the late Rev. Andimi while in captivity appeal to the leadership of his church and the Federal Government to come to his rescue. He said the Church did everything within her reach to secure the safe release of the late pastor but it was not possible as they did not have the military power to do so. Daily Trust Reported.

“Just last Sunday, a clergyman, Rev Denis Bagauri was murdered by unknown gunmen in his residence at Mayo Belwa of Adamawa state. “The Church views the unabated kidnappings, extortions and killings of Christians and innocent Nigerians as shameful to the government that each time boasts that it has conquered insurgency. 

“It is reprehensible and saddening that each time the government comes out to claim the defeat of the insurgency, more killings of our people are committed.

 “In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region! 

“Is that lopsidedness not a cover up for the operation of the insurgency? If not, why couldn’t the well-equipped security agents of Nigeria get this man (that was) killed rescued?” Vondip said. 

He urged the Christians to be calm and challenged the Federal Government to be more proactive about effort to get rid of the continuous siege on Nigeria and end the wanton killings and destructions of lives and property of Nigerians, if the government is to be taken seriously. 

He also urged the Federal Government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and hundreds of other victims in the Boko Haram and ISWAP captivity before it is too late, adding that a government that cannot protect the governed is a failed government. He expressed sympathy with the immediate family of Late Rev. Andimi, President and members of EYN Church, the government of Adamawa state and the entire Nigeria Church. 

He wondered why the government and the security agencies still claimed that the war against the insurgents and other crimes has been won. He said, “If the security agencies are not living up to the expectations of the government, why hasn’t it overhauled them with a view of injecting new visionary ones into the security system?”

Boko Haram insurgency has been a very hard bone for the Nigerian Dog to crack since 2009 when the leader of the group was arrested by the Nigerian troops was unjustly murdered in the police custody.

Thousands have been killed, hundreds have been kidnapped and millions displaced in the Lake Chad region.

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