The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has described insurgents including Boko Haram as cowards.
Oritsejafor, who spoke at a forum organised by the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Abuja, also called for a mass action against their activities.
He said that their strategy in recent attacks on innocent citizens in some parts of the country was detestable.
“We must understand that these insurgents are cowards of the highest order; they are just people who pretend to be religious people but going by their antecedents, they are not.
“My pronouncement on them is that when they die their bodies should be given to pigs because they do not deserve more than that.”
“If you are serious about war, you do not go to innocent people, innocent drivers, and innocent travellers and bomb them, this is an act of cowardice,’’ he said.
Oritsejafor called for a total review of the strategy in combating the insurgency and called on citizens to support security agencies in the fight.
He called on the RTEAN to support security agencies in the fight against insurgency in the country.
According to him, people, irrespective of religion, ethnic and political differences, should work toward peace in Nigeria.
He added that if there was no peace in the country, transporters would not be able to operate, adding that this underscored the need for unity.
“Again, I believe that the military are doing their best; they are trying; I will not join those who condemn them; if they were not there, what would we have done?”
“We should be grateful to them; we should not demoralise them; we should encourage them; yes, there is hope for improvement but they have done well.’’
He stressed the need for improved security at the nation’s borders to check the flow of persons and equipment into the country, especially in areas prone to armed conflict.
Oritsejafor called for improved air surveillance of the northern part of the country, to adequately contain the menace of insurgency.
He prayed for God’s intervention for the abducted school girls in Chibok to be reunited with their families as soon as possible.