Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused Federal Government of handling the rampaging killers in Kaduna State and other North Central states with kid gloves.
It also accused the Federal Government of being insensitive to its responsibility particularly as the security of citizens especially the vulnerable ones.
The accusation was in response to the recent violence in Kaduna State which, so far, had claimed many lives including a paramount ruler, the Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima, and property worth millions of Naira had been destroyed.
The CAN is thus, demanding a reinvigorated effort by the Federal Government to disarm individuals that have taken up weapons against innocent citizens in Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and other states.
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle Olasupo, made the allegations, in a statement, issued on Sunday.
He said that CAN has it in good authority that killings in Adamawa, Benue and Plateau states, in the last two years, had been going unchecked by appropriate authorities.
According to the CAN chairman, “Many were even unreported, thus making a sad commentary on the part of the government. The question we asked is, has Nigeria become a lawless state? Are those hoodlums better equipped and organised than security agencies?
“Have the security operatives compromised? This is reprehensible.”
The CAN president, however commended the Kaduna State Government over the review of the curfew time in the state. He restated his earlier position that current security chiefs should be replaced.
He also demanded the implementation White Papers on previous ethno-religious uprisings as well as trial of those apprehended for previous killings in Southern Kaduna, and prosecution of those responsible for the unending killings in Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa and Taraba states.
He suggested that adequate compensations be paid to the bereaved and other victims of the ethno-religious conflicts in the last five years.
“Government should also recover lands and villages illegally occupied by the hoodlums and criminals in the North Central for peace to reign.”