The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commiserated with the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) as it conducts mass burial for the two priests and parishioners killed by alleged Fulani herdsmen in Benue State recently.
CAN in a statement yesterday signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the special assistant media and communications, to the CAN President, Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, described the present moment in Nigeria as a trying time for the church, adding, “We also urge all Christians to identify with the Catholic Church in its nationwide peaceful protest against senseless killings in Nigeria.”
CAN asked the Nigerian security agencies to rise up to the security challenges in the country. It contends that security operatives have no excuse for the failure to stop the unending senseless killings in Nigeria.
It expressed dismay that killings of the innocent is assuming global embarrassment with mass burial being conducted at all times even when the country is not at war.
The organisation called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to forget his 2015 campaign promises including fighting insecurity and keeping Nigeria united which was why Nigerians overwhelmingly voted for him. It said that Buhari’s government should not fold arms and watch misguided Nigerians, mostly Boko Haram and herdsmen promote killing while solution appears very elusive.
CAN said, “It is disheartening to note that criminal Fulani herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers and other hoodlums have reduced Nigeria to a Banana Republic.
“This development is unacceptable and we call on all well-meaning people anywhere in the world to join hands in praying for the deliverance, freedom and liberty from this self-inflicted bondage.”
While CAN is not opposed to the President’s exercise of his civic right by seeking re-election to the office of president for second term, the body urged him to halt his campaign for now and attend to the security problems occasioned by the criminal activities of the terrorists, herdsmen and bandits.
CAN asks President Buhari to suspend his re-election bid until he restores sanity to the country while ensuring the release of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls and other abductees from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists.
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