By Wale Odunsi
Thirty-eight Pastors of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Kaduna State yesterday asked the state governor to step aside if he cannot end the continuous killing of Christian Farmers in Southern Kaduna.
Scores of people have been killed in that part of the state, with the state government assuring that it will tighten security around its people and ensure that perpetrators were brought to justice.
The Pastors, while addressing Journalists on the recent killings in Sanga local government Area of the State, said the recent comments of the Governor over the persistence attacks and killing of innocent villagers has shown that “he does not have the interest of Christians at heart.”
Reading a three page resolution of the ECWA fellowship, the Chairman
Reverend Zachariah Gado and his secretary, Dr. Yusuf Biniyat Jnr appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to make haste and save the people of Southern Kaduna.
“As one of the major denominations in the State with sizeable number of followers, we have lost confidence in the leadership of Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, he has shown that he does not have the interest of the Southern Kaduna people at heart nor that of the Christians in general.
“We advise both the federal and the state governments to quickly swing into action and prevent future attacks while bringing the perpetrators of these attacks to book, but should the government keep mute, we foresee a time when the people of the Southern Kaduna would have no option than to protect themselves from their killers”, they warned.
According to them, the governor’s inactions has shown that “he is
incompetent to provide our people with security thereby failing in his
They also urged the leadership of the Kaduna State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to wake up from their sleep and speak on behalf of the suffering Church in Southern Kaduna “for this is not a time to remain silence when things are not going right.”
The clerics added that terrorists under the Yero’s administration have declared total war on the Christian community of Southern Kaduna, hence the need for politicians and traditional rulers from the area to keep aside politics of food and positions and face the monster.