Chris Steven, Abuja
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Supo Ayokunle has berated President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai over their lukewarm attitude to the kilkings of 102 villagers in Godogodo and Gidan Waya communities in Jema’a local government of the state by Fulani herdsmen.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday over the incessant attacks on Christian communities in the local government by Fulani herdsmen, Reverend Ayokunle lamented that the kilkings amounted to ethnic and religious cleansen.
According to him, Christians in those communities under Southern Kaduna have been facing the danger of annihilation and extinction because of the Fulani herdsmen who have been attacking them.
“Many of them can no longer live in their communities, 32 people were recently given mass burial. Whoever is killed whether Christian or Muslim deserved not to be killed in this country” he said
While wondering why Governor El-Rufai who is the chief security officer of the state would visit the two communities just once when over 50,000 houses were burnt and three villages were taken over by the gun wielding herdsmen, the CAN President said President Buhari has also not shown enough concerns over the menace of these killers which is already spreading all over the country.
His words: ” Is this not Boko Haram in another colour? I want to plead with the government, this is a moment of truth. It is not about politics, religion or ethnicity. It is about the value that is attached to life.
To keep Nigeria as one is first the task of government before it becomes the task of the citizens. Ethnic and religious cleansen should stop henceforth. Every systematic killing should stop.
We know the President is trying but that is not enough. You have to do more to save these innocent lives. We are appealing to the Federal Government and Governor El-Rufai, the Inspector General of Police to do their work and let us see and not rhetoric.
Killings in those communities have continued up till now. Let us not forget that an invitation to aggression depends on the degree of frustration”