…Says, “There’s religious agenda”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State, has asserted that, government must arrest those behind the viral audio giving credence to the killing of people in southern Kaduna, alleging a “religious agenda.”
CAN Kaduna State chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, who led Christian leaders on “Black Sunday” prayers against killings in southern Kaduna, in Kaduna, said there is an audio going viral that southern Kaduna people are being killed because they’re “Kafri” and “Arna” (meaning, in Hausa, “A people without religion”).
The audio boys, according to the CAN leader, said that security should look at the other direction when the southern Kaduna people are being killed, saying, if those boys were Christians they would have been in the custody of the police or SSS headquarters long time ago.
The CAN chairman, who also reiterated this in an interview, lamented that evil people have hijacked the country and, because government is not ready to tackle them, have brought certain meanings to the attacks.
“They brought certain meanings into the attack because, if they attack and destroy and kill Pastors in churches, it would be very clear to read religious meaning into it, even if they attacked someone at the church premises.
“But even the pattern they’re doing it here shows there’s religious agenda: There is an audio going round, and I said that, if our governments are being honest, they should go after the man, who did the audio.
“The man, who did the audio, is saying that southern Kaduna people are kafri, arna; they’ll kill them; Governor el-Rufai shouldn’t bother, even if the security men came and see them, they should allow them.
“And I ask question; in Kaduna today, if that boy, that persons are from a Christian family they would have been in police headquarters since, but because they’re not Christians, we’re not hearing anything,” he lamented.
He however said “”The killers are enemies of the state, hidden under religion to kill innocent people, and nobody wants to tell us the truth; instead, the government has appointed itself as spokesman of the bandits, the killers.
“The day government stopped speaking for them and said we’ll come after you, if anybody is attacked or killed, they’ll runaway and never come back. That’s the day killings will stop,” he said.
He said all they want is to stop the killing and nothing else more than that, which they wanted. Rev. Hayab also spoke on alleged threat to his life, saying he deliberately refused to inform the security because they’re fond of twisting issues affecting his people.