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CAN tasks Buhari on killing of Christians in Zamfara by terrorists

By Opeyemi Babalola (Lagos), Sodiq Omolaoye (Abuja) and Danjuma Michael (Katsina)
02 December 2021   |   4:14 am
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to end the killing of Christians by terrorists in Zamfara State before they resort to self-defence.

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to end the killing of Christians by terrorists in Zamfara State before they resort to self-defence.

It also urged the security agencies to defend Churches in the state to prevent terrorists from carrying out their threats against Christians.

General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Bade Daramola, made the plea, while reacting to threat letter sent to Christians in the state asking them to stop worship and to close down churches or risk attacks.

In a statement issued, yesterday, Daramola said: “Now that a Federal High Court has declared the bandits as terrorists, we ask the police, the military and other security agencies to tackle the terrorists, who have turned kidnapping into a big business in the North East.”

He lamented that with the way and manner in which the security agencies have been treating insurgency lately, there was no hope of wining the war against terrorism in the country.

“Criminals are criminals irrespective of their religious, political and ethnic affiliations and they should be treated as such. We also urge the Department of State Security (DSS) and Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate those speaking for the terrorists with a view to unmasking their sponsors and beneficiaries of their criminality.

“In a recent visit to Sokoto and Kebbi states, the leadership of CAN was alarmed at the record of criminals, who are killing and kidnapping Christians in the zone, as if there was a pact between them and security agencies.

“Now that the leaderships of Christianity and Islam are working together on how to stop their criminality in the North West, they are now trying to introduce divisive ways by declaring war against Christians and churches in the zone especially in Zamfara State where they are gradually turning into their stronghold,” the statement reads.

BESIDES, the Atiku Kawai Media Group has urged President Buhari to end insecurity in the country and unite Nigerians before leaving office in 2023.

The group said the President should stop showboating and address insecurity, which it said, was seriously disrupting the country’s economy.

It disclosed that it would convene town hall meetings in the six geo-political zones of the country with the theme: Making A Case for National Unity And Prosperity.

Chairman, Organising Committee of the Atiku Abubakar National Town Hall meeting, Dare Akinniyi, in a statement, yesterday, said the move was to find a lasting solution to the several challenges facing the country.

Akinniyi noted that the state of the country required urgent collective efforts to stop the growing negative vices affecting the welfare of Nigerians, adding that the Federal Government was overwhelmed with incompetence and cluelessness on how to effectively perform its statutory roles.

ALSO, a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) has called on the Katsina State Government to restore mobile network services in frontline councils.

It lamented that the time it had taken to restore network in the state was making the war against banditry and other crimes to lose steam.

In a statement issued by Acting Chairman, Umar Imam and Secretary General, Rabiu Maska, the group said bandits had devised other ways of communication amongst themselves, situation, which had enabled them continue their onslaught on hapless communities.