The Catholic Archbishop Emeritus, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, on Friday urged the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to deal decisively with perpetrators of violence.
Okogie made the call in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.
He said that it was unlawful to kill in a country where there was respect for law and order.
Okogie said that the government must be held accountable where life had become so cheap that human beings were being killed like rats.
“For the sake of our common humanity, and for the sake of our common citizenship, the government in Kaduna, and the government in Abuja, must rise to the occasion.
“Why is it that our land is becoming increasingly unsafe? How can we speak of effective leadership when our country is not safe?
“Different nations solicit for the safety of their citizens, regularly issue travel advisories warning them not to visit Nigeria.
“Kaduna State features prominently and repeatedly on the list of no go areas. Men of sophisticated weapons have made our country a dangerous habitation, and one wonders what our leaders are up to.
“This is no time to treat murderers with kid gloves, neither is it time for equivocation,’’ he said.
Okogie also urged the Kaduna state government to continue on the laudable legacy of a former governor of the state, late Ibrahim Yakowa, who brought Muslims and Christians together and made the state safe.
“The whole of Kaduna, and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians; Muslims as well as Christians mourned Yakowa’s death in a helicopter crash on Dec. 16, 2012.
“Yakowa was from Southern Kaduna. Yet, with him at the helm of affairs in Kaduna State, every citizen was safe.
“It did not matter if you worshipped in a Mosque or in a Church, thoroughly detribalised, it did not matter to him whether you were Fulani or Zango Kataf.
“Yakowa would not be a player in the game of divide and rule, a game in which there are no winners, a game in which the one who divides and those he rules are losers.
“He thoroughly understood that the primary obligation of government was to secure the land and its people, and with exemplary devotion, he deployed the skills and talents of a veritable statesman to ensure that Kaduna was secure.
“But alas! Yakowa did not last,” Okogie said.