CAN de­mands probe of Al­kali, Ag­wam Adara’s killing

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir

The lead­er­ship of the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (CAN) yes­ter­day met Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, de­mand­ing the set­ting up of ju­di­cial pan­els of en­quiry to probe the killing of Ma­jor Gen­eral Idris Al­kali (rtd) and the Ag­wam Adara, Mai­wada Gal­adima.

Al­kali was killed by a mili­tia in Plateau State on his way to Bauchi State, while the body of the tra­di­tional ruler, Gal­adima, was found days af­ter he was kid­napped in Kaduna State.

The as­so­ci­a­tion which was led to the State House Villa, Abuja by its pres­i­dent, Rev­erend (Dr.) Sam­son Ayokunle, urged the pres­i­dent to en­sure that se­cu­rity agen­cies are non-par­ti­san as the 2019 elec­tions draw nearer and re­store peace to trou­bled spots in the north­ern part of the coun­try, es­pe­cially in Garshish Dis­trict of Plateau State.

It also called on the pres­i­dent to en­sure that Nige­ria does not re­turn to re­ces­sion, ur­gently re­solve the is­sue of min­i­mum wage and task the se­cu­rity agen­cies to en­sure the re­lease of Leah Sharibu and other girls still in cap­tiv­ity.

The CAN lead­er­ship lauded the pres­i­dent for his ef­forts against cor­rup­tion, the ini­tia­tives to stem the tide of un­em­ploy­ment, the var­i­ous ef­forts aimed at re­vamp­ing the econ­omy, the fight against Boko Haram ter­ror­ists and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Bank Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Num­ber and Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count.

Re­spond­ing, Buhari said his vi­sion and ob­jec­tives for Nige­ria were very clear and he was on course to achiev­ing them.

He said he was do­ing his best to ful­fill his elec­toral prom­ises of se­cur­ing the coun­try, fight­ing cor­rup­tion and re­sus­ci­tat­ing the econ­omy.

Quoted in a state­ment by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Public­ity, Femi Adesina, he said fight­ing cor­rup­tion takes longer time, es­pe­cially with the need to ad­here to the rule of law.

Re­spond­ing to the re­quest of CAN for an over­haul of the in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing sys­tem , Buhari said the bur­den of in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing in­volves ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially dis­trict heads, tra­di­tional rulers, opin­ion lead­ers and es­pe­cially re­li­gious lead­ers that are very close to the grass­roots.

He added that ban­dits who are op­er­at­ing in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties live among the peo­ple and en­joined lead­ers of thought in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties to avail se­cu­rity agen­cies of in­for­ma­tion about the crim­i­nals.

Pres­i­dent Buhari also told the vis­i­tors that he had as­sur­ances from INEC that the 2019 elec­tions would be free and fair as he had been vic­tim of fraud­u­lent elec­tions and ben­e­fi­ciary of free and fair elec­tion in the past.

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