The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the federal government to increase efforts to address insecurity
- The president of the body made the appeal in a statement amid the ongoing crisis in southern Kaduna
- Samson Ayokunle warned that if the government doesn’t address the situation people might be forced to resort to self-help.
Following the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samson Ayokunle, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify efforts to address insecurity issues in the country.
The CAN president speaking on the ongoing crisis in Kaduna, said the killings has clearly shown Nigeria is at war against enemies of the state.
According to The Cable, Ayokunle who disclosed this in a statement by his special assistant on media and communications, Adebayo Oladeji condemned the president’s comment explaining that the killings in Kaduna were fuelled by politics and revenge.
The leadership of CAN was flabbergasted when the presidency described the current bloodshed in Southern Kaduna as politically motivated coupled with banditry deployed along ethnic and religious lines,” he said.
While noting that the bloodbath is an act of criminality that should have been sanctioned, the president of the religious body added that it is regrettable that despite Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s assurances, the state and security agencies are yet to bring perpetrators of the crimes to justice,
Ayokunle warned that if the situation is not addressed by the government, Nigerians might be forced to resort to self-help.
Hon. Gabriel Saleh, the lawmaker representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency, Kaduna, in the House of Representatives said the federal government has failed Nigeria.Saleh lamenting over the spate of killings during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily noted that over 40 people have been killed in less than two weeks.
The lawmaker who was pained by the attacks in his constituency explained that the people of Kaduna have been displaced following the onslaught by suspected bandits and herdsmen.
However, the chief of army staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, stated that Nigeria is safer and more secured now than it was five years ago.
He made the statement on Sunday, July 26, when he visited wounded soldiers receiving treatment at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, in Kaduna.
The army chief said he is proud of the soldiers for showing determination on the battlefield. Buratai said Nigerians are safebecause of their efforts in securing the nation.
He assured the wounded soldiers of adequate medical attention, including follow- up treatment abroad. Buratai stated that the fight against insurgency is a collective effort that can be achieved through applying what has been taught on the battlefield.