The Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday delivered a stern rebuke to the Governor of Kaduna state on the issue of the insecurity crisis in the state.
Backstory: Kaduna CAN chairman, Rev Joseph John Hayab spoke to the media after a special meeting of the association which was focused on the issue of religious freedom in the state following an executive bill (declared unconstitutional by a court) sponsored by Governor El-Rufai to regulate religious preaching in the state. According to CAN, the Government should rather “focus its attention on the security challenges bedevilling the state. “
Read Kaduna CAN’s takedown of Governor Nasir El-Rufai (Excerpts):
Manifestly, the government seems to have failed in its key responsibility of safeguarding lives and property of the people as stated in section 14 (2b) of the 1999 constitution as amended since armed bandits now, than ever before, continue to cause hapless citizens havoc at any time they so wish without fear of being captured.
It is no longer news that people within Kaduna state are repeatedly being robbed, abducted or killed by armed bandits, often identified as Fulani herdsmen almost on a daily basis. Consequently, families and relations have had to cough out huge sums of money, amid scarce resources, to pay ransom to kidnappers to have their abducted relations freed.
Therefore, the problem that should be of grave disquiet to the government of Kaduna state and the front burner is the way to secure our territory from the intrusion of armed bandits instead of compounding the problems with a bill that offends the set provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.
We, as a result, call on El-Rufai to devote his energy and attention to addressing the unending challenge of constant kidnappings of our people on the highway, in their farms and homes.
The preponderance of the violence which befell Kaduna state in the past was not instigated by religious preaching but were mostly caused by injustice, lack of equity, hate speech by those in power and the outright marginalisation on certain people in the state.
CAN has called for a special prayers in all churches for Sunday 30th June 2019 for divine intervention and for the leadership and people of Kaduna state and the country at large for God to grant leaders the wisdom to tackle the insecurity we are faced as a state and as a nation.”