From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to the unabated killings in the North.
The State Chairman of The Association, Rev John Joseph Hayab made the call in a statement made available to media in Kaduna yesterday.
Hayab said it is time to act now and act sincerely to avert anything that will further plunge our country into more problems.
According to him, Nigerians are
sad and upset with the mass Killings and the increasing insecurity in the north, especially in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Borno States, and indeed the country at large.
Hayab added that protection of lives and property of the citizenry is a constitutional responsibility of governments all over the world.
“Our government must therefore live up to this responsibility by tackling the present state of insecurity across the country.
“There is need for our leaders to do an honest stock taken of the situation in our country. We need to check where we have gone wrong and what are those things we are doing that we need to do better.
“ In the last few weeks hundreds of people have been killed by the Boko Haram Bandits and bandits who are invading communities and unleashing mayhem on the people.
“ Our security agencies appear to be overwhelmed and lack new tactics to handle the situation.
Both the states and federal governments are seem to be shying away from the reality of the problem and appear to be living in self-denial while people are being massacred by criminals.
“People are now living in perpetual fear as they are not safe on the highways and even in their homes. Rural communities are being invaded by bandits and farmers cannot go to their farms for fear of being killed or being abducted for ransom by gunmen.
“ For us as a religious body, this country belongs to all Nigerians and our leaders must listen to the cries of Nigerians about the continuous declining security situation.
“ Many lives are being wasted almost on a daily basis by Boko Haram and bandit. People are being abducted and killed by kidnappers because they could not pay the huge ransom demanded by the hoodlums.
“ For instance, in Kaduna state the security challenges in Chikun, Kajuru, Kauru, Zangon Kataf, Birnin Gwari have continued to be a serious source of worry.
“Sadly people are experiencing these challenges at the time of increase in hunger, economic hardship and fear of covid-19. These pains are too much for the citizens to continue to bear.
Our leaders should be humble enough to admit that they have failed the people and seek for help from whoever and wherever it will come.
“ It will be good for those in government to know that people are not buying the many propaganda’s that are been circulating on some media platforms about the security challenges.
“How can you tell the person whose family members, had been killed by bandits or terrorists that “you are on top of the situation”, yet the killings continues unabated!
“If you are truly on top of the situation, these mindless killings and destructions should have stopped, “ he stated.