Killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna: Citizens might result to saving themselves – CAN
THE Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday warned that self-help might be the alternative should the government fail to put a stop to the killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna.
The President of CAN, Samson Ayokunle, said this in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications, Adebayo Oladeji, titled, ‘CAN calls for genuine intervention in the continuous murder in Southern Kaduna and other states in the North.’
He said, “There is no doubt that the victims of these incessant assaults are indigenes of Kaduna State who are mostly Christians. Why is it the predominant Christian Southern Kaduna all the time? Don’t we have Northern Kaduna?
“We have no other people to look up to for security than those of you in government. That was one of the reasons we put you there for all of us.
“People should not be allowed to resort to self- help, but if this situation is not addressed, self- help might be the alternative because nobody would keep on watching for these nuisances to continue to be on the prowl and snuff life out of him or her.”
According to him, despite assurances from the state Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, to bring perpetrators of the Southern Kaduna crimes to justice, “the state and security agencies involved in the maintenance of law and order have yet to fulfil their pledge.
He also said the government must redeem its image by addressing the constant murders and ethnic wars going on in Taraba State, the constant herdsmen’s attacks on people of Benue State and the senseless banditry in the North-West.
The CAN president also expressed dismay over a statement by the Presidency, which described the bloodshed in Southern Kaduna as politically motivated.
Kaduna bandits dare authorities, release video of stolen cows
Meanwhile, a video of gun-toting bandits, who claim to be operating from Birnin Gwari forest in Kaduna State, has surfaced online.
In the less than three-minute long video twitted by a twitter user, Kennis Music artist, Joel Amadi, Joel Amadi with twitter handle @joeelkennis with hashtags: #peaceinsouthernkaduna, #stopthekillingsinsouthernkaduna, on Monday, June 27, the all-male gang of bandits, some of whom were less than 10 years old, were seen displaying assorted weapons, including AK47 assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades, while smoking and chatting loudly in a forest like area with a number of cows in the background.
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A young man probably in his late 20s or early 30s, probably the leader of the gang, could be heard boasting about their capabilities against security personnel deployed in the area.
The gang leader, who spoke in Hausa while pointing to some of the boys holding assault rifles, said, “You see, they are afraid of these small boys. They drove them here because they are angry.
“We are honest. We don’t cheat people. See this one (pointing to a rocket-propelled grenade) with a long nose, praise be to Allah.
“We are not bandits. Anyone who calls us bandits, Allah will punish. We are followers of Allah and his messenger. In this life, we use guns to work for Allah. We don’t know what will happen in the afterlife.
“The government is using lies; we depend on Allah. We are not infidels; we are believers and Allah protects us.”
But the Christian elders, under the aegis of the Northern States Christian Elders Forum, called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), to sack service chiefs.
NOTV gathers that Joel has lost his dad due to the gun violence. Fellow artistes and ex-label mates alike have been speaking out and calling out the government of Kaduna on security.
Thank @JAYWONJUWONLO for lending your voice against the heartless killings in Southern Kaduna let’s fight for peace and justice #retweet @MBuhari @NGRPresident @aishambuhari @elrufai @hadizel @CNN @BBCBreaking @BBCWorld @AlJazeera_World #retweet pic.twitter.com/YhC8KghaES
— JOEL AMADI (@Joeelkennis) July 28, 2020
Eedris Abdulkareem also shared:
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