Oritsejafor Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday urged the international community to intervene in the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria. CAN President Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said with the recent upsurge in the activities of the sect in the North, it has now declared a war on Christians. He spoke as gunmen believed to be Boko Haram operatives in Kano killed two policemen. Two civilians were injured in the attack. Last Sunday, some gunmen shot indiscriminately at Christian worshippers in Jakano, Borno State, killing five of them including their pastor. Two days before the tragedy, two members of the EYN Church in Kubruvu, Damboa Local Council Area, also in Borno State were killed by gunmen. Pastor Oritsejafor said the Boko Haram sect was seeking to topple the constitutional order and enthrone the Islamic code as the only law in the country. He said their moves must be prevented to avoid crisis. The CAN boss condemned what he described as dastardly and barbaric acts and urged security agencies to enhance their method of getting quality intelligence in the fight against Boko Haram. He pleaded with the international community to intervene since, according to him, “The Federal Government and governors of the affected areas are not competent to handle the matter”. A statement in Abuja by his Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs, Pastor Oritsejafor said: “I am deeply worried by this pattern of onslaught on Christians in the northern part of this country by the Boko Haram sect, a group that is seeking to topple the present constitutional order and enthrone the Islamic code as the only law in the country. “With this trend where no other houses of worship or persons of other faiths are being attacked and killed, it is most uncharitable, devilish and mischievous for anybody to claim that these killings have no religious undertone. These attacks on churches and killings of Christians are a clear deliberate act aimed at population cleansing, based on religion and ethnicity. “My prayers go to the affected families. I pray that God will give them the strength to bear the losses they have suffered. I praise Christians in the northern part of Nigeria for their resilience and urge them not to flee their ancestral homes on account of their travails, but to trust in God, believing that there is always the triumph of good over evil. “I, on behalf of CAN, condemn the dastardly and barbaric acts and call on all the security agencies in the country to enhance their method of getting quality intelligence in their fight against the Boko Haram sect members. I am uncomfortable with the blanket of silence and inaction by the governors of the affected states. I am calling on the governors of these states to, not only condemn the killings of Christians going on in their states but to also take proactive actions that would protect Christians. “I call on all Amnesty, Human Rights, Civil Society groups and, indeed, the International Community to take interest in this matter of attempts to deplete the population of Christians in Nigeria through the deployment of brutal and heinous means and also to note the abuses on Christians. As rights and corrective groups, it would be unjustifiable to turn their eyes away from what is happening to Christians and their Churches in Nigeria. I, therefore, call on the International Community to wade in and to find lasting solutions to these crimes being committed against Christians in Nigeria.” An eyewitness account said the Kano attack was carried out at a security checkpoint in Tinshama in Hotoro, Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State. Five members of the sect opened fire on the police officers on duty. Two civilians, who were preparing for the afternoon prayer at a road side, were hit by bullets. Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) cordoned off the area. Kano police spokesman Musa Majiya, who confirmed the attack, said two policemen were killed and two civilians hit by bullets in the gun battle that ensued. They are receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the city. Majiya said the police are on the trail of some of the gunmen who escaped with bullet wounds. He confirmed that the suspected terrorists stormed the scene in tricycles, adding that the police and JTF operatives were combing the area to arrest suspects.