The Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) Urges President Buhari to Intervene in Forced Child Marriages and Freedom of Religion practices in the North.

President Buhari with The Northern CAN Delegates

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),Northern Chapter has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the alleged abduction, conversion and forced marriages of underage Christian girls by some Emirs.

Thursday, 3 November,the CAN Delegation led by the Chairman of the Northern zone Rev. Yakubu Pam appealed to President Buhari to interfere on the issue and persuade the Northern leaders to adopt the legal marriage processes.

President Buhari and the Northern CAN President

The CAN delegates also drew the attention of President Buhari to the difficulties faced by Christians in the North while practising their faith and the incessant attacks on local farmers and the invasion of farmlands by the Fulani herdsmen.

After the close of the meeting with the President, while speaking to Journalists, Rev. Pam said: “We came to present ourselves as the Northern Chapter of CAN to the President and to inform him of some of the challenges we Northern Christians face while practicing our Religion.We have also informed him of some of the challenges 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 girls as young as 12 years old and below are been abducted and later,the parents will just hear that the girls have been married to traditional rulers and Emirs.”

President Buhari and some Northern CAN Delegates

In response, President Buhari said he would keep faith with the oath of office he swore and treat all Nigerians equitably.”