There exists a grand plan to wipe out Christians from Nigeria, says CAN official

There is a grand plan to wipe out Christians from Nigeria and believers may be forced to protect themselves if the government continues to do nothing about the violence against them, an official from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned.

In an interview with The Punch, CAN secretary Rev. Musa Asake accused the Nigerian president of favoring one religion over the other. He also touched on the recent killing of Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor Eunice Elisha, and condemned the Muslims' killing of Christians for no reason, NAIJ relays.

(Reuters/Stringer)Onlookers gather near the bomb-damaged Shalom Church in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, June 17, 2012.

Last week, a large group of Muslim youths attacked parishioners at Saint Philip Catholic Church in Suleja, leaving many injured. A police source said the assailants dispersed the worshippers, claiming Christians have no right to hold church services on Friday, Sahara Reporters details.

In light of the recent attacks, Rev. Asake revealed that there is plan to eradicate Christians in the country, but also said this will not happen by God's grace. The CAN secretary warned that a time will come when Christians will have enough of the violence and begin standing up to defend themselves.

"From the way I see things happening, there is a grand plan to wipe out Christians in this country but by the grace of God it will not come to pass. That is why I am saying if the government is not going to protect us, then we have no choice but to protect ourselves," said Rev. Asake. "We will not continue to fold our hands and accept being killed for no reason. These killings are going on as usual and we have got to a point to say 'enough is enough.' Everybody has to defend themselves."

In addition, Asake denounced the government's apathy to the plight of the Nigerian Christians. He accused the state of treating Christians like second-class citizens, and slammed the police for not helping even those who run to them for security.

Moreover, the CAN secretary blasted the government's failure to even express sympathy to the bereaved family of the pastor who was killed. Rev. Asake noted that none of the Muslim suspects have been charged for the killings.