The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the continued silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna saying, his silence over the genocide speaks volume of the perceived official endorsement of the dastardly and ungodly acts.
This is as the CAN President Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle has directed that Sunday January 8, 2017 should be declared national day of mourning and prayers by Christians including those in Diaspora over the crisis.
The Secretary General of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, told reporters today in Abuja that it is unfortunate for the Presidency’s to say the President has received briefing from Governor Nasir el-Rufai over the matter when the Presidency knew that the people of the affected area had protested the Governor’s handling of the continuous killing.
“Common sense tells anyone that at that instance, the President has to more directly wade in because lives are involved. The continuous killings have shown that the Governor of Kaduna State lacks the will power to arrest the situation and bring it under effective control.
“We know that Southern Kaduna has been under 24-hour curfew daily as directed by the Governor, yet the enemies of the people are still prowling going from house to house killing defenceless people without government protection. The security operatives in the area appear to be turning blind eyes to the killings. They only rush to trouble spots after the perpetrators of the evils had performed their enterprise of killings and destruction of houses and farmlands,” Asake said.
When asked if the CAN leadership had met with President on the crisis, Asake said that CAN had on two occasions written to the Presidency to have audience with the President but such letters were not replied.
He said: “We wrote to the President when he was elected requesting to visit him, there was no response. When the new CAN President was elected, we wrote another letter that we want to pay him a visit we have not been replied. It appears that the President is not interested in meeting with CAN. And when you are not invited, you cannot force yourself to visit the villa.”
On the Day of Mourning he said: “All Christians are directed to dress in mourning attire of black clothes or dresses in all our church services on January 8, 2017. We pray to God who delivered the Jews from Haman should deliver Christians from Hamans in Nigeria.
“All celebration associated with the New Year are to be done low key in solidarity with our brethren in Southern Kaduna who had lost their lives and who have been denied the privilege of celebrating the Yuletide.”