CAN cau­tions against politi­ci­sa­tion of killings

• Seeks pres­sure on Buhari to act

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - HERDSMEN’S MASSACRE - From Charles Coffie Gyamfi, Abeokuta

THE Pres­i­dent of the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (CAN), Dr. Supo Ayokunle, has cau­tioned against the politi­ci­sa­tion of the killings in parts of the fed­er­a­tion. He urged Nige­ri­ans to close ranks and pre­vail on the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion to act de­ci­sively.

De­liv­er­ing a ser­mon yes­ter­day in Sagamu at the 13th New Year thanks­giv­ing and me­mo­rial ser­vice or­gan­ised by erst­while gov­er­nor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, ad­mit­ted that the na­tion was pass­ing through a most dif­fi­cult time in her his­tory. Ayokunle, who is also the pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian Bap­tist Con­ven­tion, con­demned “the mind­less killings”, which ac­cord­ing to him, have “con­tin­ued with reck­less aban­don in a coun­try with a govern­ment and laws.”

The event, which held at the Abra­ham’s Taber­na­cle, was graced by em­i­nent Nige­ri­ans, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional rulers, po­lit­i­cal big­wigs among others.

The cleric noted that the na­tion would not ex­pe­ri­ence progress and devel­op­ment in an en­vi­ron­ment of strife.

His words: “Things are not work­ing in the best way we had thought. This is a very dif­fi­cult time in the his­tory of Nige­ria, es­pe­cially the con­tin­ued blood­shed. Com­mu­ni­ties are just be­ing dec­i­mated and hu­man be­ings killed like chicken. It is so bar­baric, so un­be­liev­able that in a na­tion with govern­ment, things like this will con­tinue to hap­pen with reck­less aban­don. It is so un­ac­cept­able.

“We have been speak­ing about it. It is not a mat­ter of pol­i­tics. You don’t play pol­i­tics with the lives of hu­man be­ings.”

Ayokunle urged politi­cians to al­ways heed the ad­mo­ni­tion of cler­ics, say­ing: “We (cler­gy­men) are the con­science of the na­tion. Politi­cians need to hum­ble them­selves when we speak to them.”

In his re­marks, Daniel said his ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the cam­paign for the na­tional chair­man­ship of Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) had fur­ther opened him to the chal­lenges con­fronting the coun­try, not­ing that Nige­ri­ans must be thank­ful all times the pre­vail­ing cir­cum­stance not­with­stand­ing.

Dig­ni­taries at the event in­cluded Chief Ayo Ade­banjo; Sen­a­tor Femi Okurounmu; Otunba Subomi Ba­lo­gun; Sir Kens­ing­ton Ade­butu; Dr Onao­lapo Sol­eye; Sen­a­tor Iyi­ola Omisore among others

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