The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on both the Federal and the Kaduna State governments to rise up to the challenge of checkmating killings in the state with a view to bringing masterminds to book.
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, media aide to CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, in a statement on Sunday, expresssed shock, disappointment and sadness at recent killings in Kaduna and the killing of a paramount ruler, the Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima.
CAN commiserated with the government and the people and prayed God to comfort all the bereaved and heal those who are recuperating in hospitals and homes.
The body however condemned similar killings going on in Adamawa, Benue and Plateau states.
“This is a sad commentary on the part of the government. Has Nigeria become a lawless state? Are those hoodlums better equipped and more organised by our security agencies? Are the security opetatives compromised? This is reprehensible.
“We ask the political class to stop politicising the orgy of killings and for both state and Federal Governments to stop rationalising the mass killings of innocent Nigerians and sanction those responsible for this horrifying bloodshed.
“While commending the state government for reviewing the curfew Sunday afternoon for people to access food and other items, we once again reiterate our calling for the following:
A total overhauling of our security agencies with a view to replacing all the security chiefs;
Implementation of all the White papers on ethno-religious uprisings in the recent past;
Immediate trials of those apprehended for the killings in Southern Kaduna two years ago;
Prosecution of those responsible for the unending killings in the Northcentral zone;
Governments should stop handling the killers in our midst with kids gloves;
Payment of adequate compensations to all the bereaved and victims of the ethno-religious conflicts in the last five years;
“Government should recover all the lands and villages illegally occupied by the hoodlums and criminals in the North Central
“As we approach another general election, all hands must be on deck to restore peace and sanity to all the trouble spots in the country. Enough is enough!”