Chris Steven, Abuja
The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned what it called the continued silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna saying ” his silence over the on-ongoing genocide in the last few weeks speaks volume over the perceived official endorsement of the dastardly and ungodly acts”
General Secretary of CAN, Reverend Musa Asake at a press conference in Abuja on Friday said the recent defence of the President’s silence that the President has received briefing from Governor of Kaduna state over the matter was unacceptable noting that the Presidency knew that the people of the affected area had protested against the Governor’s handling of the continuous killing.
” Common sense tells anyone that at that instance, the President has to more directly wade in because lives are involved. The continuous killings have shown that the Governor of Kaduna state lacks the will power to arrest the situation and bring it under effective control.
“We know that Southern Kaduna has been under 24-hour curfew daily as directed by the Governor, yet the enemies of the people are still prowling going from house to house killing defenceless people without government protection. He said
The security operatives in the area appear to be turning blind eyes to the kilkings. They only rush to trouble spots after the perpetrators of the evils had performed their enterprise of killings and destruction of houses and farmlands” Reverend Asake added
On efforts made to visit the President, he revealed that CAN had on two occasions written to the Presidency to have audience with the President but such letters were not replied.
” We wrote a letter to the President when he was elected requesting to visit him, there was no response. When the CAN President was elected, we wrote another letter that we want to pay him a visit, we have not been replied.
It appears that the President is not interested in meeting with CAN. And when you are not invited, you cannot force yourself there” he said.
He disclosed that the President of CAN has directed that Sunday January 8, 2017 should be declared national day of mourning by Christians including those in Diaspora.
His words: ” All Christians are directed to dress in mourning attire of black clothes or dresses in all our church services on January 8,2017. We pray to God who delivered the Jews from Haman should deliver Christians from Hamans in Nigeria.
All celebration associated with the New Year are to be done low key in solidarity with our brethren in Southern Kaduna who had lost their lives and who have been denied the privilege of celebrating the Yuletide”
Reverend Asake however implored the state and federal government to increase their efforts in putting an end to the kilkings and ensure that those behind the killings are brought to book under the laws of the country while those affected are compensated.