- Says We Do Not Wish To Hear Again That Our People Are Being Killed And Their Properties Destroyed
- Called For Swift Action On The Part Of Government and Calmness and Sobriety By The People
The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, YOWICAN, has out rightly condemned the killings of some innocent Nigerian citizens and Christians who have been killed in some areas of Adamawa, Benue, Zamfara and most recently, Plateau State.
In a statement issued and signed by the National President of The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN, Engr Daniel Kadzai, he said; “The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) is saddened by the news that some innocent Nigerian citizens and Christians have been killed in some areas of Adamawa, Benue, Zamfara and most recently, Plateau State.
According Engr. Daniel he said that that YOWICAN are equally saddened to hear and see the scale of destruction of properties as well as disruption of businesses of Nigerians, a thing which has now become rampant.”
“Human life as sacred as it ought to be (and indeed is) has now become a matter of little or no concern at all in Nigeria. The realism of human dignity in Nigeria has gradually been removed from our micro and macro social spheres to rather become a utopian theme. A close look at the wave of killings indicate a clear pattern, that most of the killed are Christians and as a result of a deliberate stealth subjugation-style-mission, again deliberately aimed at stifling Christians and Christianity as it is in this part of the world,” he said.
YOWICAN in the statement also stated thus; “We condemn all acts of violence and killings witnessed in the affected areas. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and relatives of those that lost their lives.
“Whilst doing this however, we most emphatically demand that government engage the bandits (already known as Fulani herdsmen who are in intricate and stealth synergy with Boko Haram) and route them out. YOWICAN proposes a realistic plan from the government to tighten our borders especially those within the known boundaries with the countries where these bandits are known to emanate from. YOWICAN also demands a proper profiling system where every data of all Fulani herdsmen in the country be put on a re-callable database.”
It also called on Governments to review its grazing law and adopt what is generally acceptable and feasible. A better alternative is for her to invest heavily invest in irrigation as a means of reclaiming the “alleged” lost vegetation. Modern agriculture makes this possible. Enough is Enough!
The President while speaking said that; “Furthermore, YOWICAN wishes to remind the government of Nigeria that it was witness to the military-style invasion of South-Eastern Nigeria during the crisis last year and we demand some form of seriousness on their part in a similar manner in the incessant killing of Christians in the mentioned parts of the country and everywhere where Christians choose to make their place of aboard. If they could engage those they identified as national security threats, we see no reason why they should be selective in their approach yet again with the current national security threat on our hands of invading Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.
“We would have chosen to “appeal” once again but have learnt that our appeals in the past have fallen on deaf ears. We therefore, this time, “demand” that government take necessary action now as we do not wish to hear again that our people are being killed and their properties destroyed. In the same vein, we demand from the general public, the display of seriousness in unifying the country and shun forthwith, reckless utterances that fuel animosity and violence in Nigeria.
“We condemn in the most strongest terms possible, the hateful videos and pictures that appear to have been deliberately designed to sow bigotry and bloodshed at this time of rising tensions, we call for calm and restraint, and emphasis on the need for dialogue, mutual respect and understanding. Nothing can justify barbaric killings and attacks on bona fide Nigerian citizens and Christians who wish to live in peace and practice their religion.
On a general sphere, we call upon the Government and its security agencies to protect Nigerians and their properties, regardless of their ethnicity, region, religion or political affiliation. Hence, the Government security agencies, should bring to book all criminals currently perpetrating violence on helpless Nigerians by killing, destroying their property and disrupting their businesses.”
Engr. Daniel in the signed statement added thus; “No Christian, Shiite, Muslim, should be killed. Life is sacred and we all must uphold this natural golden law. We call on the Executive, Judiciary and National Assembly to synergize in a manner that will reflect harmony and seriousness, to halt the heinous crimes against our people. Nigeria’s depleting population is also both an economic and security strength. We must restrict this deliberate plan to deplete the population by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram. Our population is a vital component of our national security.”
“The National Human Rights Commission, the Directorate of Public Prosecution and other agencies must also act accordingly to further ensure that all those involved in these criminal acts are prosecuted using our laws.
“Finally, we urge all Nigerians to embrace peace and resist any attempt to persuade them into engaging in criminal activities. In particular, we urge our young people not to allow themselves to be manipulated by enemies of the Nigeria State whether they hide under the coverings of religion, ethnicity or politics.
This day is a day of mourning, action is needed from concerned authorities.“