Christians all over Nigeria today mourn the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna state in their various churches calling on the federal and Kaduna State governments to urgently rebuild the ravaged communities just as it did in the North Eastern States.
In compliance with the directive of the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, most worshippers appeared in black attaires to identify with the victims of the killings, maiming and the destruction of properties in Southern Kaduna.
Addressing newsmen in the Church, Pastor Njehntengazoka James Danladi of First Baptist Church, Kawo-Kaduna, said: “Both regions are destroyed by evil men, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.”
“The displaced persons should be resettled and all victims should be compensated because the farmers grains have been completely destroyed by herdsmen. Hunger is looming in Southern Kaduna. We need both government and spirited individuals to donate in order to cushion the impending impact of the attacks by suspected Fulani Herdsmen.
“We are calling on the state government to completely lift the curfew that is imposed with punitive intention from the beginning because the curfew was imposed only for the indigenous Southern Kaduna people.”
“Apparently the marauders are not under any curfew. No wonder they could violate the curfew and attack Goska village. Failure to lift the curfew is a confirmation that the government is insensitive to the cries of the people.”
“We are calling on the state government to be conscious of their statements concerning the killings. Consistent painting of this serious issue as mere political will not hold water. In fact, it will only aggravate the pain of the victims, and continue to breed anger amongst the people,” Danladi said.
According to him, “We again call on the state governor to tender an unreserved apology to the people of Southern Kaduna and to be conscious of making further provoking statements concerning the killings as all lives are sacred regardless of their race, ethnic colorations, and creed.”
“We are calling for the total overhauling of the security structure in Southern Kaduna. The security agents must be proactive and not reactive. The intelligence gathering must be high and action should be taken swiftly to counter the marauders before they strike.”
“We called on the government to immediately commence building the military formations already approved by the Federal Executive Council in Southern Kaduna as we are hoping that the presence of military formations will reduce the killings by scaring away the killers.”
“It is our prayers that concerted efforts will be made to bring this lingering crisis to an end and thriving economy of Southern Kaduna will continue to blossom,” he added.
Also, Rev. Dr. Ishaya Gajere of ECWA Goodnews Church, Narayi High Cost, Kaduna condemned the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna, stressing that Christians would continue to pray for God’s intervention in the situation.
“As a body of Christ, our weapon is prayer. We will continue to pray because we know our redeemer liveth, with faith, He will fight our battle and success is surely ours,” he said.
Gajere enjoined Christians in the country to see what is happening in Kaduna State as a wake up call for believers to draw themselves closer to God, pointing out that the evil ones were at work to ensure they carry out their evil act.