The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and Governor Nasir El-Rufai to go by the oaths they took before God and man to carry everybody along while discharging their constitutional responsibilities to Nigerians.
The state chairman of CAN , Rev. John Joseph Hayab, stated this while addressing the members in a prayer session organised on Sunday in Kaduna by CAN to pray for the restoration of peace in Southern Kaduna following the incessant killings in the area said the government of the day appears to by speaking for the killers.
“Until the government that was democratically elected by all irrespective of any bias begin to see everybody as their own, peace may elude us because the killers seemed to be favoured while those being killed are left like sheep without a Shepherd,”Hayab said.
“Those in authority are manipulating our teaching that said when one is stabbed on one chick, he or she should turn the other. They have slabbed all our chicks and l think enough is enough. Our leaders should stop abusing the Christian teaching, they stop using it to cause havoc,” he added.
Rev. Hayab noted that the Police and State Security Service, SSS, have been used by governor Nasir El-Rufai to make arrest in Port Harcourt, Sokoto and other places of individuals that the governor alleged had made provocative statements but failed to mobilise same to apprehend the killers in Southern Kaduna.
He wandered how the killers were able to penetrate and cause havoc to the lives of innocent citizens that are under 24-hour curfew and could not be apprehended by the security sent to ensure the 24-hour curfew was strictly adhered to.
“How on earth can somebody justify the rationale behind the killings of the people of Kajuru during the COVID-19 lockdown, the recent killings of the people in Zangon Kataf, Jema’a and other local government areas in Southern Kaduna with 24-hour curfew imposed on them, yet the killers had a field day killing people at will without any of the killers being arrested by the security agencies,” he lamented.
Hayab said the Church would continue to gather every Sunday to cry unto God for his divine intervention against the killings of the people of Southern Kaduna, stressing, “We will continue to cry unto God, we will not keep quiet until we see result from our creator.”
Earlier, the speaker at the occasion, Rev. Ishaya Adamu Jangado, the President of Baptist Conference, who spoke on the topic, “I will not keep quiet in a time like this”, said the Church would continue to cry unto the Almighty God for his divine intervention on what the Christians are going through in Southern Kaduna until peace is restored.
Taking his reading from Isa’ah chapter 62: 1, 6-7, he assured that just like in the days of old, the Church would not keep silence but will continue to cry unto God until justice is done.
He observed that about 15 to 20 villages have been attacked and hundreds have lost their lives besides those with different degrees of injuries while houses and other property of unimaginable magnitude have been destroyed without those in authority taking steps to ameliorate the suffering of the affected people.
Other speakers condemned the killings taking place in the Southern part of the state
without the federal and Kaduna state governments not doing enough to arrest the situation but appear to be spokespersons of the killers.
They opined that the position of government shows that they know the killers and should therefore bring them out to face the full wrath of the law without any hesitation.
Many people during the prayer session displayed different placards expressing their displeasure with the attitude of government and the need for fair treatment of all citizens in the state and the country as a whole.