By Sunday Isuwa
National president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev
(Dr) Olasupo Ayokunle, has condemned in totality the dastardly act
perpetrated by suspected herdsmen in Benue and other states of the
federation and appealed to the government to live up to its
expectations of protecting lives and property which is their core
Rev Ayokunle, who made the condemnation yesterday at NKST Iortyer,
during the Association’s visit to Benue state CAN chairman in Makurdi,
donated N7 million worth of relief materials to victims of herdsmen
attacks in all the affected local governments of the state.
“In fact, seeing this innocent farmers who were attacked in their
farms and some in their sleep with various degrees of injuries and
deformities, some even have fresh wounds, is so pathetic and Iam
saying, if the people that have brought this untold hardship on
innocent souls are Nigerians, I can categorically say that Nigeria is
yet to be called one nation”
Ayokunle, who also paid a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom at
the Benue people’s House, Makurdi, expressed dissatisfaction over the
reaction of the government both at the state and federal to stop the
heinous killing by the suspected herdsmen.
“Why would the government keep silent and allow these killings to
continue unabated? It is high time the government stops playing
politics, ethnicity and religion with the lives of Nigerians who voted
them into power, why won’t the government get this people arrested and
prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others”
He commended Governor Samuel Ortom for championing the campaign on
ranching and explained that he came to the state to commiserate with
the governor and the people for the loss of lives and properties and
also encourage them to have faith in God.
He also applauded the state house of assembly for the passage of the
anti-grazing bill which according to him would put an end to
unwarranted killings and destruction of property, land and crops.
Responding, the chairman CAN, Benue state chapter, Rev Akpen Leva
expressed gratitude for the president’s visit which he said would
bring relief to the victims of the attack, calling on the CAN
president to use his good offices to extend the Benue cry to Mr
President to intervene in the crisis especially now that the rains
have started to enable farmers go back to land.