The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to act decisively and bring to an end the recurrent attacks by herdsmen in some parts of the country which have led to loss of lives and property.
National President of the Association, Samson Ayokunle, gave the charge while interacting with journalists ahead of a National conference of the Nigerian Baptist Convention in Abuja.
Ayokunle said that the continued attacks by herdsmen despite the claims by government of having beefed up security in the affected areas, leaves much to be desired.
He said: “Just a few days ago, news broke again that some Fulani herdsmen allegedly added another 30 people to the list of people killed in southern Kaduna.
“The government appears not to be in control of the situation. Nigerians need not to continue to lose their lives like this where we have a government in place with all the necessary tools to provide security.
“Late last year, government announced that it was establishing a military battalion in addition to the police, just to curb this menace.
“It is therefore disheartening that innocent lives are being lost despite this.”
The CAN president recalled that security operatives were swift to make arrests after the communal clash in Ile-Ife, Osun State, which claimed several lives. He however wondered why not even one arrest has been made “since Fulani herdsmen have been killing farmers from every corner of the country.”
He added that bringing an immediate end to herdsmen attacks will be in the interest of national development and peaceful coexistence.”
“We appeal to the government to desist from giving excuses any more, when the killings are still occurring,” Ayokunle said.
“We want an end to be put to the killings henceforth. Enough is enough.”
The cleric said that the failure of government to ensure the safety of lives and property for everyone in the county is a threat to the unity of Nigeria.
According to him, everything must be done to give every Nigerian a sense of belonging, “Otherwise it will be to your tent oh Israel, where there has been continuous injustice”.
On the anti-corruption campaign, Ayokunle advised the government to ensure fairness and transparency, adding that the Nigerian Christian community will never stand in support of corruption.
“We have advised the government to be more broad-minded in the fight against corruption.
“The position of the church has been a stance against corruption. No church in Nigeria preaches corruption.”