Worried by the recurring cases of unwantom killings resulting from clashes between farmers and herdsmen, The United Church of Christ in Nation (UCCN) popularly known in Hausa as “Hadaddiyar EkKlisiyar Kristi A Nigeria” (HEKAN) has called on the Federal government to do all within its powers to end the clashes and the killings.
Addressing newsmen at the headquarters of the church in Kaduna, the President Reverend Amos G. Giri said the church was not left out in the attack, stressing that HEKAN KWANTA YASHI, HEKAN GWASKA, HEKAN UNGUWAN ALKALI-MAY, HEKAN DAKWALA, HEKAN DAKOMI, and HEKAN UGUWAN ZOMO were all attacked by herdsmen at various times in 2017.
Speaking further, he said about 3 people lost their lives at U/Alkali, Dakwala and Dakomi with many houses at U/Kali, Gwaska, Kwanta Yashi, Dakomi and Dakwala burnt and vandalized.
“The herdsmen/farmers clashes around the country are things of concern to well-meaning Nigerians. UCCN condemns in totality the killings of innocent Nigerians through attacks by herdsmen and appeals to the government not to relent in its efforts in bringing the clashes to an end. Those found to be involved should be made to face the wrath of the law.
“There is no doubt that Nigerians are passing through hard times as a result of the ongoing economic, Political and Security Challenges in the country. We call on government to increase its palliative measures that will cushion the hardship Nigerians are facing.
“The government has the responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of its citizens. A situation were Nigerians sleep with one eye open due to fear of been attacked, kidnapped or been killed has reached its peak.
“It is expected of all Nigerians to embrace peace and leave together as one big family irrespective of Religion, Political, Ethnic or Social differences at this trying time of our Nation. Government can do more in this direction by reassuring Nigerians that they can move about freely without being attacked, kidnapped or being killed through equipping the security agencies with appropriate equipment and facilities required to fight social ills.
“Job opportunities should be created for our teeming youths to keep them away from idleness which usually leads to chaotic social ills associated with youthfulness”.
Meanwhile, the President said “after due consultations with the Board of Trustees and the General Church Council wishes to inform the General public that the Church has agreed to change its name from the United Church of Christ in Nigeria to the United Church of Christ in Nations (UCCN) that change also applies to the Hausa version Haddiyar EkKlisiyar Kristi A Nahiya (HEKAN) This change however still maintains both the acrimony “UCCN” and “HEKAN”.
He said the change in name became necessary because the church in the last few years has grown and established branches in some African countries especially in West African Countries. “This change, which has undergone constitutional amendment, will become effective as from the 1st of January, 2018 with the theme for the year 2018 “GOD, REVIVE US AGAIN” [EZEKIEL 37:1-7] stressing that the Church is expected to witness great revival in the year among its members.
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