- The Christian Association of Nigeria condemned the attack by herdsmen in Benue
- The religious body said the country has recorded unprecedented killings in the past two years
- It called for an end to the senseless attacks on innocent Nigerians
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari, condemning the attack in Benue state by Fulani herdsmen.
The religious body charged the president and security chiefs to look into the issue and stop paying lip service.
Vanguard reports that CAN president, Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement issued in Abuja by his special assistant, media and communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, condemned the attack claiming the country has witnessed unprecedented attacks in the past two years.
The statement read: “It is unfortunate that between Christmas and today, scores of innocent Christians have been killed across the nation as if all our security agencies are on holiday. What has become of intelligence gathering? These incessant killings are unacceptable, ungodly, wicked and reprehensible.
“The last two years in Nigeria have recorded unprecedented killings by the criminal Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram terrorists with other religious extremists.
“Christian Association of Nigeria calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and his security chiefs to wake up to their responsibilities and stop paying lips service to the security of lives and property. Nowhere is safe and secured in Nigeria despite all the huge amount of money being spent on defence. This is why many are asking questions on our security.
“And for Abubakar Shekau to be claiming responsible for these killings are a dirty slap on the government that claims victory over terrorism. We wonder what the National Security Council is doing in their meetings.
“Our political leaders are not bothered about the primary responsibility of any responsible government which is the security of lives and property instead it is how to remain in power forever.
“We call on all right thinking Nigerians to condemn these dastardly acts. Their studied silence is an endorsement of these criminalities in the land."
Meanwhile, President Buhari ordered the arrest of culprits behind the killings of villagers in Benue state.
The president disclosed this on his official twitter page on Wednesday, January 3.
He pledged to continue to ensure safety and security of Nigerians.
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