The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has noted that the continued silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the continued killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna may be a confirmation that the Federal Government officially endorsed genocide
CAN stated this as it declared the second Sunday of 2017 as a national day of mourning, urging Nigerian Christians in the country and all over the globe to pray fervently for “our southern Kaduna brothers and sisters who are victims of these wanton killings and also for the peace of our dear country Nigeria.”
In a statement signed by CAN General Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake made made available to newsmen, the group President, Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle directed that Sunday January 8 2017, should be declared national day of mourning by Christians including those in diaspora to avert on-going ethnic/religious cleansing of Nigerian Christians in general and those of southern Kaduna in particular in the last few weeks.
“Though the Church in Nigeria since 2009 has been subjected to a systemic genocide and persecution through the instrumentality of Islamic fundamentalists Boko Haram, leading to the killing of thousands of Christians and destruction of hundreds of churches, and over 50,000 houses, but the current unprecedented onslaught against Christians in southern Kaduna by the Islamic fundamentalists disguising as the Fulani herdsmen under the watch of Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari has reached an alarming stage.
“While we commend President Muhammadu Buhari for waging war against Boko Haram fundamentalists since his assumption of office, his silence over the on-going genocide in the last few weeks speaks volume over the perceived official endorsement of the dastardly and ungodly acts.
“The recent defense of the President’s silence that the President has received briefing from the governor of Kaduna State over the matter is unacceptable because the Presidency knows that the people of the affected area had already protested against the governor’s unacceptable biased handling of the continuous killings.
“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,” part of the statement stated.
CAN decried the fact that despite the 24-hour curfew as directed by the governor, the enemies of the people are still going from house to house to kill in brutish fashion, defenseless people without government protection.
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