Gyang Bere, Jos
President of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Panya Baba said Federal and Kaduna State Government has done nothing to address the pains of devastated communities in Southern Kaduna, where over 120 persons perished.
He called on Federal Government to end the killing of christians in the Middle Belt and Northern States of Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Benue Kogi, Katsina, Zamfara Taraba and Adamawa.
This was contained in a Communique issued at the end of the 67th Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) General Church Council meeting, signed by the President, Rev. Stephen Baba and General Secretary, Rev. Yunusa Abo Nmadu held in Jos, Plateau State.
“The Council views with serious concern the unabated attacks of armed herdsmen and bandits across the country, especially in the Middle Belt and Northern States particularly on Southern Kaduna, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Katsina, Zamfara, Taraba and Adamawa as they continue to destroy lives, farms and properties of innocent members of the natives communities.
“The Council noted with grief the several attacks on Southern Kaduna Christians communities, which are the strongholds of ECWA where over 120 persons including infants and women have been killed in the last two weeks.
“This is with scores injured and thousands displaced from their villages and farmlands by armed Fulani militia without any care from the Kaduna State and Federal Government.
“The manifest nonchalant of both the Kaduna State and Federal Governments to the plight of our compatriots is suggestive of their loss of the innate humane sense of value for life and their seeming abdication of their primary responsibility of security the lives and property of their citizens.”
“The Council frowns at the recent statement credited to a Presidential spokesman explaining away these genocidal massacre as reprisal killings. No responsibiles government would want to be perceived as holding brief for terrorists, unless it is complicit.”
He expressed worries about the callousness of the government in changing the narrative of the attacks, bending it towards blaming the victims when other actual sense it is the Government that has woefully failed in it’s constitutional responsibility of protecting the people.
The Council urged security agencies to be more proactive on their response to distress calls and increase intelligence gathering and take proactive steps to nip the imminent attacks in the bud.
“Council is also alarmed at the general state of insecurity on Nigeria wherein citizens can no longer sleep Peacefully in their homes or travel on the highways for their genuine businesses without the fear of being attacked or kidnapped for ransom and killed in many instances.”