The Diocese of Enugu of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has called on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to develop a strategy to counter a suspected jihadist program in the country.
The Church made the appeal on Sunday at the end of the second session of the 18th Synod of the Diocese which was held at All Saints Anglican Church, GRA, Enugu.
He denounced the relentless attacks on the people of southern Kaduna and parts of the middle belt region, describing them as genocidal operations while the government calls them clashes.
In an 11-point statement released by the Synod, the church said worsening insecurity, killings, kidnappings and increased attacks on churches and Christians without an effective response from the Nigerian government are serious indications that the so-called Islamization program is real.
The communiqué was signed by the Archbishop/Bishop of Enugu, Msgr. Emmanuel Chukwuma; the Chancellor, Prof. Offornze Amucheazi (SAN); the Registrar, HBC Ogboko and the Synod Secretary, Ven. Doctor Stanley Nweze.
The synod, while reminding the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, of the purpose of Article 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 constitution as amended on the security and welfare of the people, said: “the security situation in our country is worse than we would have ever imagined”. as terrorists and other non-state actors have continued to unleash great terror on poor and hungry Nigerians, no part of the country can any longer boast of being safe.
He added: “The Synod notes that the increase in the activities of ritual killers, kidnappers, armed Fulani militias, bandits, insurgents and terrorists throughout our country is of great concern because the value of life in Nigeria is at its lowest ebb.
“The Synod further reminds the President that many Nigerian citizens, including the victims of the Abuja train attack, the daughters of Chibok, Dapchi student Leah Sharibu who refused to renounce her faith, and many other kidnapped Nigerians remain in captivity.
“The Synod is appalled by the atrocities of terrorists and so-called bandits in the North and the continued killings by Fulani armed militias in the South which have greatly affected our farmers and prevented them from working on their farms. The Synod reminds the government of President Muhammadu Buhari that these terrorists have indeed crossed the red line and must be dealt with decisively by crushing them without further delay. »
The Synod also denounced the manner in which money was exchanged during the presidential primaries of the two main political parties (All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party), noting that it gave an unfair advantage to the highest bidder.
He also branded as condemnable the killing of three people in Ogbede Mgbuji, Eha Amufu community in Isi Uzo local government area, Enugu State and the abduction of 19 people in Ikem community on Monday, June 13 , which he urged security agencies to fish for. and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous act.
On the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Association of Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the strike of the Non-Academic Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU), Synod called on the government to give urgent and comprehensive attention to the issues on the table to avoid the deterioration of the quality of the education system.