South Kaduna clerics task UN, others on insurgency, herders’ activities
Score Buhari low on handling of crises
The Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association(SKCLA) has called on the United Nations and other international bodies to intervene in the killings of faithful by the Boko Haram sect and herdsmen in parts of the federation.
It also passed a no confidence vote in President Muhammadu Buhari for his alleged mishandling of the situation, saying “the heightening terror in Nigeria in the past weeks have subjected individuals with conscience to untold pressure forcing us to doubt the competency and sincerity of the government in handling the crises.”
In a statement yesterday in Kaduna, the Secretary General of SKCLA, Apostle Emmanuel Egoh Bako, said: “Nigerians should stop making excuses, but hold the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, accountable for the orchestrated attacks on Christians and Christianity in a nation that we all are stakeholders.
“We therefore call on the international community, including the ECOWAS, AU, UN, EU, U.S. Congress, Amnesty International and all other institutions genuinely concerned with improving human rights situation and good governance in the world to come to the aid of Christians and Christianity in Nigeria.”
According to him, the need for an urgent intervention in the face of the bloodshed in the land was because “we have become an endangered species due to our religious belief.”
Bako went on: “Fellow Nigerians, there is no doubt that events in the past weeks have subjected every individual with conscience to untold pressure, forcing us to doubt and ask questions on the competency, sincerity and neutrality of the current administration.
“And as bona fide citizens and responsible religious leaders/shepherds, we are now perplexed with the incessant and unabated persecution of particularly Christians and Christianity in Nigeria.”
The clerics lamented: “We cannot forget so soon the Chibok girls’ scenario in Borno State. Our Christian daughters were forcefully taken, converted, raped and abused before some of them returned with strange children. Then, in a recent laughable and most embarrassing twist for our image as a country in the 21st Century, a similar situation again played out at Dapchi in Yobe State. This time with more Muslims involved, the girls were in a couple of weeks safely returned but without Leah Sharibu, who is a Christian.”
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