The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 17 Southern States declared “There is no security in Nigeria.There is grave injustice in this country and they are not even pretending about it.”
Speaking as reactions continue to trail the killing of more than 100 residents of Plateau State by suspected herdsmen, CAN, therefore, warned that the upswing insecurity pervading the country, particularly in the North Central zone, poses grave danger to the conduct of next year’s general elections.
CAN Secretary of the organization, Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, who spoke to newsmen in Enugu, said the conduct of the 2019 election was under serious jeopardy.
The Christian body was worried that several days after the attack, no concrete effort had been made towards arresting the perpetrators.
Ajujungwa said, “CAN is saddened that many days after that avoidable massacre of innocent Nigerians in Plateau State, government is still telling the same old-fashioned stories.
“For every murderous act of these marauders, the Federal Government and the security agencies reel out words of assurance that never yield any fruit.
“We restate once again that the incessant, senseless and wicked killings going on in the Middle Belt and South-East is totally unacceptable to us.
CAN in the region did not only bemoan the menace but also said it was a sign of total collapse of security architecture in Nigeria.
Ajujungwa said, “These people are using AK 47 rifle killing everybody; almost 200 were killed in Jos but the police never arrested any, army never arrested any, and we are saying there is security.”
He decried that it was more lamentable that whereas government had never prosecuted any of the AK-47 wielding herdsmen who had murdered hundreds of Nigerians, it rushed to convict to death five Christians for allegedly killing one of the attackers.
“We are calling on the Federal Government; if we have security, let them rise to the challenge.
“This is not good for this democracy, especially at a time we are preparing for election and such thing is happening, I don’t think it is to the best interest of Nigeria. It is putting the election in jeopardy,” he further stated.