The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, on Tuesday said the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari should wake up and address the recurring killing of Nigerians by suspected herdsmen.
Raising the alarm that the killer herdsmen were combining with the Boko Haram insurgents to unleash havoc on innocent people, Ayokunle further noted that the killings had assumed an international dimension, spreading to northern part of Cameroon.
This was the outcry of the CAN leader in Ilorin while briefing journalists after the special prayer rally and summit on the state of the nation by Church Leaders and Ministers Fellowship of Nigeria, Kwara State chapter.
He said it was necessary to rejig the nation’s security system and the service chiefs, adding that some of them had proved inefficient.
Ayokunle said, “Killings still continue and our effort is not enough yet… The major thing is that government must wake up. They have all it takes to stop all these things. We have committed the resources and the management of the resources of the nation to their hands, to be able to procure ammunition to deal with them. They have the intelligence service that should know how these people get the ammunition supply. Why is government unwilling to unearth all these things? Nigerians cannot be slaughtered like chickens. Every Nigerian is very important and valuable before God. It is a shame what is happening. When we are talking like this, it is not as if we hate the government but government must be responsible. Government will command our respect when government has done its duties.”
He added, “The US and the UN have heard of it. I have not only reported, I have also told them to come out and talk to our government to wake up and do their work. I have gone to Aso Rock and I have presented a paper to Mr. President that we cannot sleep with our eyes closed when the security apparatus appear to be in the hands of only one religious group and when the security apparatus appear to be in only one region of the country. It has never been like that in the history of this nation and it has to be reviewed. It must be reviewed also because they have proved to be ineffective.”
The CAN President said there must be free and fair election during the governorship election of Ekiti State. to the state .