In view of the worsening security situation in Benue State, the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has charged Christians to use any legal means they can, to defend their ancestral lands from invaders whose main agenda is to take over their God-given land and resources.
This is even as the state chairman of CAN, Rev. Augustine Akpen Leva who stated this at the end of the seven-day interdenominational church service it organised in collaboration with the state government to pray and fast for the challenges confronting the state and nation, urged Nigerians to resist the Muslim-Muslim ticket being imposed on them by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.
Leva lamented over the worsening insecurity in the country and regretted a situation where no one is sleeping with his two or her two eyes closed. He called on all Christians to remain vigilant and ready at all times so that they will not to be taken unaware.
“Nigeria is not safe again, no one embarks on a journey with the hope of returning safely. It is quite pathetic; reports of attacks have remained on the increase. If you are traveling on the road, rail, water or air, you are not sure of getting to your destination, except by God’s divine intervention,” he said.
Leva emphasised that Muslim-Muslim ticket in a country that is made up of different religions background especially Christians and Muslims is a spit on the faces of Christians by the APC administration.
“CAN has taken a definite position on the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC, we won’t support it, we condemn it in toto, what the APC has done is a clear manifestation of hatred by Muslims on the Christian community,” he said.
Earlier, Governor Samuel Ortom, who was represented by the chief of staff (CoS), Dr Tivlumun Nyitse, blamed the inability of his administration to pay workers’ salaries as and when due, on the failure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to remit funds to the federation account as well as the low internal revenue generation caused by the worsening insecurity in the state.