CAN has advised Southern Kaduna residents on steps to take amid renewed bandits’ onslaught.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the fresh attack on the people of Southern Kaduna, describing it as sad.
Some bandits had raided Agban Kagoro, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State Sunday night, killed 15 people and burnt houses.
Reacting to the development, Rev. John Hayab, CAN chairman in Kaduna state, said the government has failed in it responsibility to protect the people.
He charged the residents in the area to defend themselves against the bandits.
The cleric, in a statement, titled, ‘When will this killing of innocent people in Kaduna stop’, maintained that citizens of the state were tired of the never-ending rhetorics without concrete actions to protect lives and property in the state.
Hayab, who is also the Vice-Chairman of CAN in the Northern States, therefore called on citizens to rise up and protect themselves since the government had failed to do so.
He also called on the state government to swallow its pride and seek genuine help to end the continued killings in the state.
Part of the statement read, “The Christian Association of Nigeria Kaduna State Chapter is sad and grieving following the continued killings, kidnappings, banditry, and the unimaginable evil going on in our state unabated without any substantial action by the Government and security forces.
“One only needs to see how human beings are killed and roasted by bandits who attacked Kagoro to conclude that this is one loss too many.
“How long will this evil continue and when will our leaders act dutifully? Kaduna State citizens are tired of Government’s rhetorical responses without concrete action taken to protect lives and property.
“Accordingly, we want to hear and see the killers and kidnappers arrested as the government’s usual media condemnation whenever there is havoc is not good enough.
“Meanwhile, we appeal to citizens to also wake up and do the needful, protecting their lives and community. When a government fails to protect you, you ought to find a means of defending yourself.
“For the records, Kaduna state has lost several lives in the past four years while the leaders scarcely show empathy or concern for the victims seeing that the government’s response is usually in the media. Sadly, the dead cannot read nor listen to the news.”
“CAN, therefore, calls on the Kaduna State Government to swallow her pride and accept that she has failed the people, genuinely seeking help to immediately halt the wanton killings, kidnappings, and terrorist activities going on in the state.
“Governor El-rufai and his team should focus on the fight to salvage the state so that he will be remembered for good when he leaves office.”