The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the people of Southern Kaduna to wake up and defend themselves from their attackers.
The call was made on Monday by the Kaduna State Chairman of CAN, Rev. John Hayab following the renewed attacks by bandits in the area.
He lamented that the government of the state led by Nasir El-Rufai has failed in its responsibility to protect the people and only pays lip service to bringing the attackers to justice.
Hayab described the latest attack in which not less than 15 persons were killed and several houses burnt on Sunday as sad and a loss too many.
He added that the frequent cases of innocent killings in Kaduna must stop as they are tired of the continued killings, kidnappings, banditry, and the unimaginable evils been perpetrated without corresponding action/response from the government and security forces which in turn has emboldened the criminals.
Hayab in his statement ‘When will this killing of innocent people in Kaduna stop’, therefore charged the to arise and defend their lives and property from further attacks.
The statement reads in part: “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
“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.”
Meanwhile, Naija News reports that following the attack, Governor El-Rufai has declared curfews in Jema’a and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna.