Church asks FG, se­cu­rity to end in­se­cu­rity

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - KILLINGS BY HERDSMEN AND BOKO HARAM - From Isa Ab­dul­salami Ahovi, Jos

THE Evan­gel­i­cal Church Win­ning All (ECWA) has flayed the seem­ing fail­ure of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and the se­cu­rity agen­cies to pro­tect Nige­ri­ans and their prop­erty against at­tacks.

Con­se­quently, it asked the con­cerned par­ties to be alive to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and end the killings and ab­duc­tions in parts of the fed­er­a­tion.

The church noted that ran­som pay­ment was fur­ther im­pov­er­ish­ing the cit­i­zenry who go ex­tra miles to raise cash to feed these un­pa­tri­otic cit­i­zens.

ECWA Pres­i­dent, Dr. Jeremiah Gado, who spoke at the end of the min­istry’s 65th Gen­eral Meet­ing Church Coun­cil (GCC) in Jos, Plateau State, sought re­dress.

He said: “This is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to cit­i­zens as guar­an­teed under the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion. The gov­ern­ment is fur­ther called upon to take re­spon­si­bil­ity of pay­ing the ran­som or re­im­burse fam­i­lies for ran­som paid for the re­lease of kid­napped vic- tims for fail­ing to pro­tect the cit­i­zens.

“The GCC is alarmed at re­cent hap­pen­ings in Nige­ria which give cause for grave con­cern and worry. The wave of po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tions and killings for rit­ual pur­poses, fre­quent mass mur­ders of harm­less, in­no­cent and de­fence­less cit­i­zens are in­stances. Very of­ten, our chil­dren, the very sym­bols of life and vigour, are the vic­tims and agents of this wastage of hu­man life.

“In recog­ni­tion of its divine man­date, the coun­cil re­minds all of the sa­cred­ness and in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of hu­man life, stat­ing that no per­son, au­thor­ity or in­sti­tu­tion has the right to ter­mi­nate hu­man life and urges ev­ery­body to re­spect the sanc­tity of hu­man life and end the flow of in­no­cent blood in the land. It ad­vo­cates for a stronger col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment, se­cu­rity agen­cies and en­tire pop­u­la­tion for a more ef­fi­cient pro­tec­tion of hu­man lives and prop­erty.”

The cleric said that the coun­cil viewed with “seri- ous con­cern the un­abated vi­o­lence of herds­men across the coun­try, es­pe­cially in the Mid­dle Belt states of Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi and oth­ers, in­clud­ing Kaduna, Adamawa, Enugu, Zam­fara, and Delta as they con­tinue to wan­tonly de­stroy lives, farms and prop­erty of in­no­cent mem­bers of their host com­mu­ni­ties.

“ECWA there­fore calls on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to ap­pre­hend the per­pe­tra­tors and cause them to face the full wrath of the law, and com­pen­sate the vic­tims in the in­ter­est of jus­tice. Fail­ure to do the above will jeop­ar­dise the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in boost­ing food pro­duc­tion and guar­an­tee­ing se­cu­rity of Nige­ria.

“The ECWA re­jects the pop­u­lar nar­ra­tive that the vi­o­lence be­ing per­pe­trated by the no­mads is an herds­men-farm­ers clash but sees it rather as an ex­pan­sion­ist mis­sion meant to takeover peo­ple’s an­ces­tral land. Else, how can one ex­plain the at­tacks on sev­eral in­no­cent non-farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties by the herds­men?”

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