…As Christian leaders declare “full stops.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Christian spiritual fathers, pastors and church leaders from different denominations across the length and breadth of Kaduna state yesterday, Sunday, protested and made a final declaration against further attacks and killings in southern part of Kaduna in Kaduna State.
The indoor protest and gathering of Christian Church leaders and members, all appearing in back cloths, attire and placards, which took place at ECWA Goodness Church premises in Narayi High-cost, was attended by unprecedented crowd.
During the sermons, the Christian leaders, including one Rev. Ishaya Adamu Jangando, who is president Baptist Conference Kaduna, said “Christians would no longer be silent anymore about the attacks and killings in southern Kaduna.”
He also said (during the protest prayers and placards with different inscriptions), that Christians will not stop praying until the attacks and killings stopped in southern Kaduna.
Quoting from Prophet Isaiah, chapter 62, and several other versus from the Bible, the clergy also prayed that southern Kaduna must be set free from attacks and killings, and asked God Almighty Father to arrest those behind the incessant attacks and killings of innocent people.
“As many as wanted to put asunder in southern Kaduna peace initiatives, let God scatter them, destroy the evils and bring peace to southern Kaduna.
“The killing of God’s sons and daughters of southern Kaduna be brought to the end and the people set free by God, in Jesus’ Name!” he prayed.
Also in his aggressive remarks, the chairman of CAN Kaduna State-cum organiser of the prayer session, Rev. Joseph Hayab, queried that instead of arresting the bandits that are killing the people of southern Kaduna, both federal and state governments were busy speaking for the bandits because they know them.
Rev. Hayab stated that, “For our President and Governor to speak for the bandits means they known them,” and called for immediate arrest of the person, who made the recent video on reasons for killing in southern Kaduna, by governments.
“Government should arrest those, who made the video. If that video were made by Christians, they would have been arrested by now. We are not afraid of anybody again. People are misunderstanding the teachings of Christianity that, ‘if they slap you on one ear, turn the second one,’ for granted.”
Rev. Hayab noted with dismay that, “Nigeria’s President, IGP and governors, who could arrest criminals, killers and bandits could send police to Sokoto, Lagos to arrest imam, others to appologise for criticising them.
“Any government’s agent can record me, and don’t care; everything I said is within the confined of the law. Government should explain how criminals operate under curfew by going to people’s houses and kill them.
“How many times there will be ‘curfew’ in place, and bandits will go and kill in Kajuru, Zangon-Kataf and others? The law should be made for everybody. There is new sickness now, known as diarrhea of the mouth. Kaduna governor should stop speaking carelessly,” CAN lamented.
He lamented that, Nigerian states are being governed by propaganda, and urged journalists to remain unbiased and not to be a sell-out to politicians. “A situation whereby a pastor and son, who are not farmers, were killed is unfair to say it’s herders/farmers clashes.
“Church leaders should stand for truth and be fearless. Some pastors are helping the church for collecting palliatives and hiding them from members. Every Church member coming next week should come in full black cloths compulsory with placard by 2pm.
“Those, who compromise, we’re watching you. No marching on our necks in southern Kaduna anymore. If they don’t want us to speak, let them do the right things.
“Ask God to deal with killing in southern Kaduna the way He dealt with Nebuchadnezzar. I don’t hate Fulani, which is wrong for people to say so, but I hate killers of southern Kaduna.
“We’ll not stop crying until we see His handwork. Let Him complete the work He started and be glorified.
“Governor Ahamed Makarfi, Namadi Sambo and other previous governors, who were not Christians, were not hated by Christians. But some are thinking that Christians hate them.”
The CAN chairman thanked all the Christian leaders and members for the attendance in the prayers against killing, including PDP state chairman, Hon. Hassan Hyet, and others.