Reverend Samson Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has said that the recent killings in northern Nigeria shows that ‘it is not over yet’ as regards security challenges in the country.
We understands that Ayokunle made this known in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, where he assessed the devastation caused by terrorists.
“There is no reason to deceive ourselves, it is not over yet, the battle is not won yet and we need to know that the end is in sight if we don’t give up,” the Christian leader said.
“As long as you continue to see IDPs it means that we have not reached the end of the matter, people ought to go back to their places of residence where they were born where they have their means of living.”
He disclosed that CAN had embarked on several advocacy meetings to seek support and collaborations from the international community to end insurgency in Africa’s most populous nation.
“We have been speaking, making advocacy and we have taken our advocacy beyond the shores of Nigeria. I’ve gone to Washington DC, met the House of Reps Committee Chairman, Chris Meat, on the problems of insurgency and the devastation it had caused in Nigeria and the world should come to our aid,” Ayokunle added.
On Zamfara killings, the CAN president said, “To me, to some extent, the government allowed it; How can I be the leader of a community and unwanted elements are rising up. Will I not quickly nip it in the bud?
“I am advocating that the leaders of the communities and the agents of the government be sincere enough and be patriotic beyond economic returns to expose the unscrupulous elements within the community so that the rest might be able to live their lives, fulfill their dreams because they don’t have two lives to live.”
This news medium had reported that no fewer than 50 persons, including members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, were last week Tuesday killed in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria.
Similarly, at least 20 persons were murdered in Buhari’s home state of Katsina in separate attacks on Tsamiyar Jino and Sabuwa areas.
Several attacks have also been reported in neigbouring Sokoto, Kaduna as well as Benue.