The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has called for intervention in the ongoing crisis in Southern Kaduna in recent weeks with the attendant destruction of lives and property.
CAN noted with dismay that despite assurances from both the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to nip the crisis in the bud, the spiraling of these assaults have indisputably shown that the demons of murders are yet to sheathe their swords against Southern Kaduna communities and that the government appears not to be sincere in walking the talk.
The Christian body in a statement by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, SA Media and Communications to CAN President Rev. Samson Ayokunle said the continuous assault of the Southern Kaduna people has become highly suspicious and alarming , while the present bloodbaths in the southern part of Kaduna state has been shown to be acts of criminality that should have attracted sanctions, the lacklustre disposition of the government in stopping further massacre of Christians and decimation of their communities by terrorist herdsmen speaks volumes on how government values human lives and genuine intervention.
The statement reads,” We have discovered that whenever security personnel are deployed to a place, the herdsmen go to other villages to attack and kill people in their sleep or when they are about to sleep or when they are waking up. Should the criminals be more professional in tactics than the government trained security personnel”.
’It is regrettable that despite assurances from Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai to bring perpetrators of the Southern Kaduna crimes to justice, the state and security agencies involved in the maintenance of law and order are yet to fulfil their pledge’.
The body went on to call on the government to redeem its image by addressing the constant murders and ethnic war going on in Taraba State, the constant herdsmen’s attack on people of Benue State and the senseless banditry in the Northwest of this country so as to forestall resort to self help by the people, but should they not address the situation self help might be the alternative because nobody would keep on watching .
The CAN president however assured of continous prayers for the leaders to have the courage to put an end to the evils that are giving our beloved country negative image abroad.