‘Protect People not Cows’ – CAN Blasts President Buhari On National Day Of Protest
In adherence to the directive of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), churches across the country have taken to the streets to protest the increasing incidents of killings in the country.
The protesting churches are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the brutal killings by Fulani herdsmen and persecution of Christians across the country.
They are also asking for the release of the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity for refusing to renounce Christianity.
TheCable reports that John Akin Oyelade, pastor in charge of one of the churches involved in the demonstration, Fountain of Peace Baptist Church, Oyo, said Christians have given the government enough time to act.
“Having exercised the very patience expected of a true believer by praying and looking forward to what any responsive government would do in this unpalatable situation against fellow mankind, it could be observed that we have given enough time for administrative exigencies and should our quietness be taken for a ride, then more than what Christians are known for may begin to unfold hence, this peaceful protest,” he said.
“Nigeria is a secular state, and as such it should be treated as one, we condemn outrightly the lackadaisical, irresponsible and irresponsive attitude of this administration towards this menace.
“I must be true to you, to myself and to my God that the current administration of today does not possess any form of what the true heroes of past of this nation handed down, it also denies the spirit and the power of fair leadership and respect for human lives.”
According to the cleric, “the political ground among us has been directly affiliated to a particular section of the country as seen in the various lopsided appointments in various government parastatals; thus, defying the interest of the remaining region and the Christians as declared in their various sworn oath”.
“We have discovered that it is no more an accident neither is it a coincidence but a Programme and an Agenda which may be presumed to have sponsors.”
CAN ordered the day of protest after a bloody week in Benue State that saw over 150 persons killed including two priests during mass at Mbolom, Gwer LGA.
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