CONCERNED by worsening insecurity, killings, kidnappings and increased attacks on churches and Christians, the Diocese of Enugu Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) has instructed the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) to develop a strategy to counter any movement aimed at invading the country by terrorists. The Diocese, while decrying the situation, said the Federal Government had failed in its responsibility to protect Nigerians and its citizens and therefore CAN had to do something to protect Christians and churches.
At All Saints Anglican Church, GRA, Enugu, where the church held its second session of the 18th synod last Sunday and issued a statement warning that the security situation in Nigeria is worse than anyone could ever imagine . The synod noted that terrorists and other non-state actors have continued to unleash great terror on the poor and hungry Nigerians, with no part of the country left safe. He described the increasing activities of ritual killers, kidnappers, armed Fulani militias, bandits, insurgents and terrorists across the country as a great source of concern for every Nigerian.
The synod in its statement expressed its deep dismay at the atrocities of terrorists and bandits in the north and the continued killings by Fulani armed militias in the south, adding that this has greatly hindered farmers from working on their farms. He also condemned the killing of three people in Ogbede Mgbuji, Eha Amufu community of Isi Uzo local council of Enugu State and the abduction of 19 people in Ikem community on June 13. . He therefore urged the security agencies to fish out and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous act.
The statement reads in part as follows: “The Synod reminds the government of President Muhammadu Buhari that these terrorists have indeed crossed the red line and that they must be decisively fought by crushing them without further delay.
“The Synod further reminds the President that many Nigerian citizens, including the victims of the Abuja train attack, the girls of Chibok, the students of Dapchi, Leah Sharibu who refused to renounce her faith, and many other kidnapped Nigerians remain in captivity.”
The synod also disapproved of the way money was exchanged in the presidential primaries of the two main political parties, noting that it gave an unfair advantage to the highest bidder. He also called on the Federal Government to urgently resolve issues regarding the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Association of Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Union of allied and educational institutions (NASU) and avoid the deterioration of the level of the educational system.