Probe Sources Of Herdsmen’s Weapons, CAN Tasks FG


… Nigerians going through pains 
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, has asked the Federal Government to probe the sources of weapons being used by herdsmen with a view to stopping their criminal activities.

Ayokunle, who urged security agencies to stop treating the criminals among the herdsmen with kid gloves, urged the government to rise up to the challenges for the peace and unity of the country.

According to a press statement signed by Pastor Bayo Oladeji, who is the Special Adviser (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, “The issues of the rampaging and murderous Fulani herdsmen in different parts of our nation must be stopped. They block highways to kidnap and rob, inflicting injuries on innocent Nigerians and killing them like fowls.

“No stone should be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to book. Security agencies should stop telling us that they are ‘unknown gunmen.’

“Those arrested should be conclusively prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others. Their sources of ammunition must be unveiled and those behind the supply should be prosecuted. Victims of such senseless violent acts deserve compensation especially the people of Southern Kaduna, Agatu community of Benue state, several communities in the Eastern part of the country and South-South.”

Ayokunle who decried the menace of unemployment in the country warned those in the position authorities to create enabling environment before too late. “Unemployment of the able bodied youths in our nation, especially graduates of various tertiary institutions is another worrisome issue; such requires enabling environment for their employment. All the harsh economic measures must be dropped for businesses to flourish. A stitch in time saves nine.”

After commending both the Federal Government and the military on the victory over the Boko Haram terrorists, Ayokunle prayed for the bereaved of those killed by the terrorists for comfort and grace to overcome the loss.

Speaking further, he said, “We are urging the Federal Government to do more in catering for the welfare of millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in our country”

The cleric asked the Federal Government “not to relent in its efforts to get the rest of the Chibok girls released “from captivity before their lives are totally wasted. We daily imagine the pains the girls and their parents are passing through. The kidnap of the Chibok girls was an apparent demonstration of the shortcoming of the previous administration which should never be allowed to repeat itself again.”

On the menace of corruption, Ayokunle who praised the efforts being made by the Federal Government however asked the Church to join hands with the Federal Government in chasing the monster out of the country if we desired a prosperous nation. “Corruption has almost made comatose of our economy. It is the factor behind the mass unemployment and various crimes in our nation. The quicker we all resolve to kill it, the better it would be for us. Therefore, let all churches be in the vanguard on war against corruption for the future prosperity of our nation.”

Meanwhile, CAN has said that Nigerians were going through pains as a result of unprecedented insecurity of lives and property in the country. This view was made known in a goodwill message delivered by the CAN National Secretary, Rev. Dr Musa Asake, at the ongoing 104th annual session of the Nigerian Baptist Convention holding in Abuja.

According to the CAN scribe, “You will all agree with me that our country Nigeria is today experiencing excruciating pains as we witness religious and ethnic cleansing through the criminal activities of the murderous Fulani herdsmen who are killing story on daily basis.

“Nigeria has become unsafe because our security agencies are not living up to the billings. In Nigeria today, nowhere is safe, both the rich and the poor are crying because of the evil in the land occasioned by the criminal activities of the terrorists, kidnappers, armed robbery, ritual killings, unemployment and corruption in high places.”

CAN commended the leadership qualities of its President, who is also the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC). “We in CAN are very grateful to the Nigerian Baptist Convention for giving u your very best who now serves as the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. I am talking of no other person than Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.

“In times like this, we need a vocal and courageous leader to speak and stand in the gap for the Nigerian church. Let me boldly tell you that the man you give us as the number one Christian in this country is a leader who speaks his mind on all issues, irrespective of whose ox is gored,” Asake said.

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