From Jibrin Miachi, Kaduna
The Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) has condemned the rising spate of killings in Benue State and other parts of the country by armed herdsmen and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to end the menace.
CNNC described the security challenges in the country as outrageous and lamented that “hardly a day passes without these heinous acts being perpetrated by elusive Fulani herdsmen.”
In a press statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Larry Joseph Yammai, CNNC demands practical and urgent steps to stop the senseless killings and commiserated with the wounded and those who have lost their loved ones.
The group said that “we are confident that help from our heavenly Father is on the way as our Redeemer is alive.”
CNNC is a registered body of all Christians in the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Yammai said: “CNNC is alarmed by the nonchalance of Christian leaders, especially at this trying time when Christians and non-Christians alike are experiencing unprecedented carnage from the so-called herdsmen who are obviously deranged.
“We shudder to think that the authorities will turn a blind eye while women, children and the defenceless are being killed on daily basis”.
“CNNC calls on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, employ practical and visible steps in eliminating these bandits who have made the Nigerian nation a battle field where the innocent are butchered on daily basis.
“The government must not offer the semblance of support to these killers as no action tantamount to tacit approval of the killings,” stressing “unwillingness of the government to tackle and eliminate these killers has emboldened them, hence, there are almost daily killings across the land.
“It shouldn’t take the president of the United States, Donald Trump to call for the protection of Christians in Nigeria in the first place. Buhari must remember that he swore to protect all Nigerians. Anything short of that has invalidated his oath of office.
“CNNC supports with enthusiasm the call for the change of guards at the security top echelons to give a new impetus in the fight against these criminal elements, who have appeared to be unstoppable.
“The recent comments and/or observations by former Army Chief of Staff, Lt-Gen Theophilus Danjuma must not be taken too lightly. Events in recent times call for speedy action to allay the allegations of the General,” the CNNC said.
“A panel made up of Nigerians of impeccable character should be set up by the government to investigate the matter. The military should only be in attendance and to defend itself if need be,” CNNC added.