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Stop mass killing now – CAN warns FG

..Says, “People not buying their propaganda anymore;” “Govt, security should be ashamed of lying.”

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has expressed sadness over continuous mass killing of people in the north and Nigeria in general, urging government to stop it henceforth.

The Kaduna State chapter of the association gave the warning on Monday in a press statement issued and signed by its chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, in Kaduna.

CAN, in a the statement made available to journalists, stated that “The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State chapter, is sad and upset with the mass killings and the increasing insecurity in the north, especially in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Borno states, and indeed the country at large.

“In the last few weeks, hundreds of people have been killed by the Boko Haram bandits and bandits, who are invading communities and unleashing mayhem on the people. Our security agencies appear to be overwhelmed and lack new tactics to handle the situation.

“Both the states and federal governments seem to be shying away from the reality of the problem and appear to be living in self-denial, while people are being massacred by criminals.

“People are now living in perpetual fear, as they are not safe on the highways and even in their homes. Rural communities are being invaded by bandits, and farmers cannot go to their farms for fear of being killed or being abducted for ransom by gunmen,” he stated.

He also stated that, “For us as a religious body, this country belongs to all Nigerians, and our leaders must listen to the cries of Nigerians about the continuous declining security situation.

“The protection of lives and property of the citizenry is a constitutional responsibility of governments all over the world. Our government must, therefore, live up to this responsibility by tackling the present state of insecurity across the country. 

“There is need for our leaders to do an honest stock-taken of the situation in our country. We need to check where we have gone wrong and on those things we are doing that we need to do better.

“Many lives are being wasted almost on a daily basis by Boko Haram and bandits. People are being abducted and killed by kidnappers because they could not pay the huge ransom demanded by the hoodlums.

“For instance, in Kaduna state, the security challenges in Chikun, Kajuru, Kauru, Zangon-Kataf, Birnin-Gwari have continued to be a serious source of worry.

“Sadly, people are experiencing these challenges at the time of increase in hunger, economic hardship and fear of Covid-19. These pains are too much for the citizens to continue to bear. Our leaders should be humble enough to admit that they have failed the people and seek for help from whomever and wherever it will come.

“It will be good for those in government to know that people are not buying the much propaganda that is being circulating on some media platforms about the security challenges. How can you tell the person whose family members had been killed by bandits or terrorists that “you are on top of the situation,” yet, the killings continues unabated! 

“If you are truly ‘on top of the situation,’ these mindless killings and destructions should have stopped,” CAN stated, and wondered how the government and security agencies always use this phrase without shame.

“We are calling on those twisting facts about the security situation in the country, particularly in the north, to desist from that because we can never get true healing when we keep saying what is not true about our illness.

“Telling a physician what is not true about your problem can lead to wrong medication, and when a wrong medication is given to any sick person, there will be no healing. Our leaders need to know the facts and the reality of what the citizens are going through.

“CAN is appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to act now and act sincerely to avert anything that will further plunge our country into more problems. We all love this country and have always prayed and worked to get the best.

“Let us not fold our arms and allow evil people to destroy our land. We call on  government to wake up to its responsibility and put an end to the criminality that has brought about misery on the people,” it stated. 

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