by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said “Abuja Commercial Pastors” have been recruited to trivialize the serious security challenges facing Kaduna State people, most especially the Christians.
CAN, Kaduna State Chapter, made the assertion in a statement issued and made available to journalists on Sunday in Kaduna.
The statement, signed by the State chairman of CAN, Rev. Joseph John Hayap, explained that Abuja Commercial Pastors were hired by the sponsors of the mayhem facing Kaduna people, especially Christians, to voice out that the killings in Southern Kaduna “is been exaggerated.”
“CAN has watched and listened with dismay how some Abuja commercial clergies have been recruited to discredit serious security challenges that Kaduna State people, especially Christians, are going through in the hands of bandits and kidnappers, who we believe are just been called a mild name. But, by their activities, you can call them terrorist even when our Government is shying away from calling a spade a spade by its name.
“Where is the exaggeration when we still have 120 of our Bethel Baptist School children in the bush with bandits and neither the Government nor security agencies have done enough to rescue them?,” CAN stated.
“CAN, Kaduna State is, therefore, inviting these commercial pastors, who value money more than human lives, to come and we will lead them to each community and homes of victims in Zangon-Kataf and other communities that have been bedeviled with killings and burning of homes in the past weeks.
“Our people are known for love and honestly. We are only crying out because our farmlands, homes, schools, and people are in danger. We have lost too many lives and properties to the ongoing carnage,” it stated.
Thy body is, therefore, calling on government at all levels to act responsibly and stop further killings in Kaduna State, saying, it’ll continue to mobilize their fellow faithful to work and pray for peace that is built on justice and equity.