18 August 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has expressed readiness to partner the Kaduna state government towards bringing an end to killings in Southern Kaduna.
This is contained in a statement signed by the the National President of CAN, Reverend Samson Olasupo Ayokunle after a visit to the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai.
Ayokunle, who noted that the crises predates El-Rufai’s administration, advised the government to find lasting solution to the crisis by learning from the past to draw a roadmap for the future.
The CAN President, who presented an 8-point recommendation to ending the crises, pointed out that the degenerating situation made people to tag it religious or ethnic because it “has given them room to say whatever they are saying.’’
While urging the government to bring the killers to book, he noted with dismay that the rate of prosecution so far is not proportional with the frequency of attacks.
According to him: “Whoever attacks first and whoever is doing reprisal are both criminals that must be made to face the wrath of the law.’’
The eight-point recommendation by the CAN leader include: stoppage of accusations and counter accusations; nabbing bandits before disappearance; recovery of arms from criminals; deployment of technology to track the criminals; investigation of bandits sources of ammunition and community healing.
On his part the Kaduna state governor Mallam Nasir El Rufai expressed sadness over the loss of lives in totally unnecessary frenzy of communal attacks, reprisals and revenge.
He welcomed the visit of the CAN leadership and promised to consider recommendations by the Christian Association of Nigeria for implementation.