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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Service Chiefs to wake up to their responsibilities and stop paying lips service to the security of lives and property.

This, it said, would put an end to the incessant killings of citizens in many communities across the nation.

CAN President, Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media & Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, condemned the recent bloodbath in several parts of the country, which were carried out by armed Fulani herdsmen and other extremists.

He said: “It is unfortunate that between Christmas and today, scores of innocent Christians have been killed across the nation as if all our security agencies are on holiday. What has become of intelligence gathering? These incessant killings are unacceptable, ungodly, wicked and reprehensible.

“The last two years in Nigeria have recorded unprecedented killings by the criminal Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram terrorists with other religious extremists.

“Christian Association of Nigeria calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and his security chiefs to wake up to their responsibilities and stop paying lips service to the security of lives and property. Nowhere is safe and secured in Nigeria despite all the huge amount of money being spent on defence. This is why many are asking questions on our security.

“And for Abubakar Shekau to be claiming responsible for these killings are a dirty slap on the government that claims victory over terrorism. We wonder what the National Security Council is doing in their meetings.

“Our political leaders are not bothered about the primary responsibility of any responsible government which is the security of lives and property instead it is how to remain in power forever.

“We call on all right thinking Nigerians to condemn these dastardly acts. Their studied silence is an endorsement of these criminalities in the land.”

While calling on political office holders and Heads of security agencies to remember that they will give account of their stewardship to God sooner or later, the CAN President, identified with the bereaved and prayed to God to give them fortitude to bear their losses.


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  1. Nigerian government should take a bold step and address these issues by the so called "Fulani herdsmen". It is possible some of these people are not Nigerians. During Christmas break, I met a lady at a bank ATM in Lagos. She dressed in a northern Muslim dress style and spoke good English and I later heard her speak on phone on what I thought was Hausa. After that I asked if she was Fulani or Hausa because I wanted to toast her but she said she was Arab from Libya. I was shocked. Libyan in Lagos? I could not believe it. Her skin was dark not popular Arabian white colour. I had also met a young man, a shoe cobbler in my street in Lagos who told me he was from Chad. Few (2) years back I met some young men trading in Unilag they said they were from Chad. We have so many people we are mistaken as Fulanis or Hausas in Nigeria but they are not. So, the government should enforce national ID cards and community ID cards, establish community police so that these people that we are mistaken as Nigerians can be marked out and made to be regulated by government/security policies that will ensure they do not constitute security threat to us Nigerians while they carry out their businesses.


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