ICC Note: Nigerians living in the United States have organized in an effort to draw attention to the unchecked persecution of Christians in Northern Nigeria by the Boko Haram Islamists. They held a gala event in New York City, timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, in order to announce the formation of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans.
9/27/2013 Nigeria (Nigerian Tribune) - To mark its first anniversary, the Christian Association of Nigeria-Americans (CANAN) held a gala and award night in New York over the weekend, Empowered Newswire has reported.
Speaking at the event which was a roll call of eminent Nigerians in the United States, CANAN President, Pastor James Fadele, condemned the killing of Christians and innocent Nigerians by the Boko Haram terrorist sect, pointing out that it was time all Christians arose and fought as “we can no longer keep quiet.”
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, also sent a solidarity message to the association, praising it for manifesting practical humanity.
In his solidarity message published in the event magazine, released during the programme on Sunday evening, Soyinka said it is a relief “to find exceptions among one’s people, those who like CANAN, dedicate themselves…and manifest their humanity in practical ways.”
Going further, Soyinka said “history will not forgive those who appease violators at the expense of the violated-their guilt transcends even the horrors inflicted by the violators. Posterity will, however, enshrine the examples of the few who offer practical solace to the orphaned, the widowed and other traumatised innocents.”
Offering CANAN as the platform to engage the issues of concern to Nigerian-Americans, Fadele stated that the association gives voice to the vision of a great people, and voice to the voiceless.