Monday, 15 January 2018
Benue killings: Christian body insists Buhari must arrest Miyetti Allah’s leaders
TEKAN gave the call while condemning the massacre carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue and other states across the country.
The body also urged the president to order the arrest of those the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) accused of making inciting comments in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba States and other parts of the country.
TEKAN made the call at a meeting in Akwanga, Nasarawa State and was contained in a communiqué signed by its President and Secretary General, Rev. Dr Caleb Solomon Ahima, Rev. Moses Jatau Ebuga.
The communiqué reads, “The Assembly condoles deeply with member-churches and other victims affected by the ongoing Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists’ attacks in parts of Nigeria particularly Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Nassarawa, Rivers, and Kwara States among others.
“The Assembly noted with concern desertification and its impact on the society and economy of the nation and calls on Member-Churches to reclothe the earth of its current nakedness by ensuring that members plant trees annually.
“The Assembly condemns in strongest terms the wanton killings and destruction of lives and properties of her numerous members and innocent Nigerians around the country in recent times by Fulani Herdsmen and persons masquerading as Boko Haram and “unknown gunmen” and wondered why President Buhari consistently turn the other side.
“The Assembly expresses concern with dismay that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government has not been able to abate the killings and destruction of properties and calls on the President to uphold the sanctity of human lives and keep to the terms of his oath of office and the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to defend and protect the lives of every citizen.
“The Assembly views the security architecture of Nigeria, and is saddened by the fact that almost all the heads of the security apparatus come from the same religion and geographical zone of Nigeria, the Assembly believes that the ethnic skewed appointments are responsible for the increasing level of Fulani herdsmen terrorism in the Country and calls for a deliberate balancing on those appointments.
“The Assembly condemns the usage of the Nigerian Air force fighter jets for attacks and killings of innocent and defenseless citizens in Adamawa and Borno States under the guise of missed target. The Assembly demands that the outcome of the investigative Committee’s report of the incident be made public.
“The Assembly demands the immediate arrest and prosecution of some known prominent Islamic and Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore leadership alongside culprits as mentioned by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa and Benue States who made inciting statements encouraging the continuous killings of helpless citizens and or directly involved in the attacks in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba States among other parts of Nigeria.”