By Evelyn Okakwu
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed satisfaction with the ecision of the president to set up a special fund for victims of insurgency in Northern Nigeria.
A statement by the president of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said “CAN received with gladness and great relief the news of the institution of a special fund to carter for the needs of victims of insurgency in parts of the country.
On behalf of the association and the entire Christian community in Nigeria, I want to specially thank Mr. President for taking such a bold and courageous step to care of the victims of insurgency in the northern part of the country”.
They described the action as a demonstration of fatherly responsiveness to the needs of the citizens. “The action is a further demonstration that President Jonathan is indeed the father of the nation and a father to all Nigerians irrespective of the background of the victims of the crisis and the decision has demonstrated that the present administration is responsive to the plight of the people”.
They noted that the fund had since been a matter of necessity.
“For long, it has been the conviction of CAN that victims of the senseless killings and wanton destruction of property should be given some `life line’ in whatever name it could be called and we are glad that the President has heard our call and responded appropriately.
I believe that the fund will address a wide range of issues facing persons displaced by the crisis as well as provide the basis for a more comprehensive programme of rehabilitation and reintegration of the victims”.
They however expressed hope that the funds will be used as expected. “It my hope that funds realised from the various donations and contributions will be judiciously used for the good of those affected” in the crisis.