Published On: Wed, Aug 1st, 2018

End Incessant Killing Now, Adamawa CAN Tells Buhari, Says Nigeria Is More Divided Than Ever

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YOLA/By Tom Garba – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Adamawa State Chapter has President Muhammadu Buhari to end to what it called the mindless massacre of innocent citizens in the state, noting that the perpetrators of the killings have carried on their dastardly act as if they are above the law.

CAN, in a letter to Mr. Buhari signed by its Chairman, Most Rev. Stephen Dami Mamza, Wednesday in Adamawa, expressed grievance over “the mindless massacre of farming communities by arms-wielding herdsmen.”

The Christian body cautioned the president after embarking on a peaceful demonstration in Yola, pointing out that Nigerians under his leadership are more divided than at any time in history.

Mr. Mamza who read the letter to journalists at St Theresa Catholic Church in Yola, said there is hardly a day or two that there is no major raid by bandits that leaves scores of local people across several communities dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed.

“Your Excellency, as a religious body, we must confront issues with the truth; no matter whose ox is gored. Therefore, be informed in all honesty, that Your Excellency, as a religious body, we must confront issues with the truth; no matter whose ox is gored. Therefore, be informed in all honesty, that Nigeria under your leadership is more divided than at any time in our history.

“CAN is constrained to take this action as the killings have continued with reckless abandon, more so that perpetrators of the killings appear to be above the laws of the land. CAN is deeply disturbed that these killings are revolving mostly within and around agrarian communities in their own lands.

“As Mr. President may be well aware, that there is hardly a day or two that there is no major raid or two taking place; leaving scores of local people across several communities dead with properties worth millions of Naira destroyed. These spate of killings by the invaders are still ongoing even as we have ceaselessly been calling for security protection without receiving the appropriate protection.

“What is glaring to us as a community of peaceful and law abiding citizens is that the incessant attacks tinge a suspected ethno-religious cleansing, and the president must act fast to prevent it; or at best, neo-colonization. Further still, CAN is worried by the seeming conspiracy of silence, especially among critical security stakeholders on these killings. We have it on good authority that often government officials detest when journalists broadcast news of herdsmen killings.

“While Adamawa State CAN does not share in the view that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is supporting the killings, we however hold strong reservations about the President’s docile posture while killings rage. Just as the President’s body-language may sway us to lean towards the perception which suggests that security operatives are not decisive on the herdsmen menace because they are Mr. President’s kith and kin.

“We implore you yet again to look into our matter and act with immediate deployment and order to the military to stop these terrorists so that posterity will be kind on you. We demand the following:

“Security of Lives and Property: The killings and invasions should stop

Establishment of a New Military Barracks: We need the establishment of a New Military Formation along the Numan – Lau axis and the deployment of Special Forces to Adamawa as you deployed to Zamfara State two days ago.

“Justice and Fairness: Government should stop taking sides by being just and fair.

“Provision of Medical Care for IDPs: There should be provision of Food and Healthcare to affected communities

Provision of Shelter for IDPs: There should be reconstruction and rebuilding of destroyed infrastructure in the affected communities.

“Sir, we demand justice; we demand an end to killings in our state and the country at large. While we await positive action, we pray God almighty to give you the grace, good health and strength to do the needful. Thank you and God bless you!”

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