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Kaduna Killings: Why everybody is pointing accusing fingers at el-Rufai – CAN President

…Says, “Country will burn, if Gen. Lekwot is killed.”

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Kaduna CAN chairman, Joseph Hayab, leading the church leaders in Kaduna indoor protest church service on Sunday. 

National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has explained why everybody is pointing accusing fingers at the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, over killings in Kaduna state, especially in Southern Kaduna.

The CAN President also said that anybody, who said the retired General Zamani Lekwort should be killed over the 1992 Zangon-Kataf crises, wants to set the country ablaze.

Rev. Ayokunle made the disclosure on Sunday in Kaduna, while speaking during inter-denominational protest church service on southern Kaduna killings, tagged: “White Sunday.”

The head of CAN said everybody is blaming the el-Rufai because of the fact that he is the Governor and Chief Security Officer of Kaduna state.

“I’ll see him tomorrow. And, do you know what I’m going to tell him? I’ll tell him that ‘everybody is blaming you because you are the chief security officer of Kaduna state,” he said.

He said what’s happening in Kaduna is giving a very bad image of Nigeria before the international community.

Ayokunle also urged Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, CAN leaders and others to speak out, stressing that any person, whose lives are under threat, cannot keep quiet; adding, “and those leaders, who keep quiet, are seen as accomplice.”

According to him, the gradual killing in Southern Kaduna, especially those, who belong to the Christian religion, started a long time ago, with little attention being given to it, until now.

While he urged southern Kaduna people to stand still and be steadfast, he prayed that God will fight their battle, and they will not see their enemies anymore.

He also urged Christians to pray for their leaders, including Governor el-Rufai, according to the biblical injunction, to perform their constitutional responsibility to protect lives and properties, saying, “Any government without capacity to protect its people does not deserve to be called government.”

Earlier, the SOKAPU’s president, Jonathan Asake, said the Fulani militia have driven away people from their communities and taken over their lands and are still there.

He said the agenda of the Fulani militia is to take over their lands, adding that over 30 communities have been displaced and more than 50,000 people are out of their lands in Kajuru wondering without homes and anybody to support them for their means of livelihood as a result of invasions and abductions in their villages.

Asake also stated that the governor said he has received N16 billion to tackle security, while the security of southern Kaduna is not secured.

He further stated that, southern Kaduna people are living with hundreds of deferent tribes in peace for many years without crises, except Fulani, negating the impression that they’re hostile as against the other tribes and visitors. 

Prominent Christian leaders from different churches, including ECWA president worldwide, Rev. Stephen Panya, also laid emphasis on prayers, saying the southern Kaduna people will reclaim their lands.

Also speaking in an interview, Gen. Lekwot said that, as a trained general he’s not afraid of death, also saying the white papers committees were set up in the 1992 crises and all the recommendations implemented. 

Earlier, CAN Kaduna chapter chairman-cum organizer of the prayers said the Kaduna state current white paper committee’s set agenda and that of Islamic advocating execution of the General are in concert.

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