The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday urged the Federal Government to beam its searchlight on how the dreaded Islamist sect – Boko Haram – gunmen and Fulani herdsmen were sourcing their sophisticated weapons and ammunition with which they launch violent attacks on hapless citizens in the North.
The association also called on the Goodluck Jonathan administration to unmask those behind such killer groups across the country.
It noted that from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa to Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue and Kaduna states, the gory tales of killings through shooting, burning of Christians’ homes and their churches were becoming too rampant with the security situation taking a turn for the worse.
CAN said within a month, spanning January 6 to February 6, in Plateau State alone, it recorded the deaths of over 100 Christians.
In a communiqué read yesterday by its General Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake, after this year’s first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital, the umbrella body for Christians expressed concern about “the insecurity challenges that have continued to face us as a nation and Christians in particular in our dear country, Nigeria”.
It said: “As Fulani herdsmen get increasingly sophisticated with each attack, the National Executive Committee of CAN calls on the Federal Government to investigate the sources of the weapons and ammunition used by the Boko Haram, gunmen and Fulani herdsmen in their various attacks and also expose their sponsors.
“CAN recorded the death of over 100 Christians in one month – between January 6 and February 6. At least 30 people sustained various degrees of injury. Recently, these evil men disguised as soldiers, went inside a Catholic Church while the church was in session, locked the doors and killed the worshipers”.
It also urged the Federal Government to put in place an enduring system to curtail the Boko Haram insurgency, attacks by gunmen and Fulani herdsmen, noting that the “three agents of evil” had a carefully planned and executed agenda against Christians, using simultaneous approaches.
CAN said: “The Federal Government should come up with an efficient and enduring system that can overwhelm the resurgence of Boko Haram, gunmen and Falani herdsmen who are prowling villages, shooting and killing innocent Christians. At a time we should have been enjoying peace through articulated and sustained security programmes, the scourge of Boko Haram, gunmen and Fulani herdsmen has continued to pose serious problems to Christians, particularly those living in the North.
“In particular, we want the Federal Government to investigate the killing of the Kankia Pastor, who was murdered in cold blood on allegation that a body was found near his house. Arrest and prosecution of those found to have taken part in the dastardly act…”