The Northern Christian Elders Forum (NOCEF) has called on government and security agencies to take urgent steps to end the terrorist attacks in Southern Kaduna. The forum condemned in totality, all acts of terrorism taking place in Southern Kaduna, calling them very unfortunate, very pathetic and so painful.
Speaking in Kafanchan Monday on behalf of the National Chairman at the presentation of relief materials to victims of various attacks in Southern Kaduna, the national Vice Chairman of the Northern Christian Elders Forum, Dr. Luka Lobadungze said, “We are sad at this moment because this is not what we expect for our brothers and sisters here or anywhere in the world”.
According the Dr. Lobadungze, “When unfortunate things like this happen, NOCEF tries within its limited resources to assist, to reduce the suffering inflicted on the victims in such unfortunate situation. This is why we are here today to make a token presentation that will support victims of the attacks that we are unfortunately experiencing in this part of the country”.
Decrying these terrorist attacks that have engulfed the central states of Nigeria and some states in the southern part of the country, NOCEF called on government to take concrete steps and adopt more advance strategies to flush out these terrorists that are ravaging these parts of the country so that people can return to their areas of domicile, feel secured and carry on their legitimate businesses.”
The Christian Elder’s forum has called on government and the world to properly profile the attacks in Southern Kaduna as they were unprovoked attacks that were neither crises nor war. He stressed, “These are terrorist attacks, like those of the North-East, and they come in similar trends and shapes. This is neither a war nor crisis as the innocent citizens are not carrying arms nor is there any quarrel about a particular thing. But innocent people are attacked either in their sleep or on their farms – women, even the pregnant ones are sometimes butchered and the fetuses removed and battered. The elderly and children are also not spared. In short, no one is safe or spared in all these.”
The national vice Chairman who stated that NOCEF ensures equity, fairness and justice to all citizens of Nigeria, irrespective of tribe, denomination, political affiliation or your religion, expressed hope that the token they presented would go a long way to assist the victims. The forum called on government at all levels to work assiduously to guarantee the security of lives and property in the area and in other parts of the country which is a constitutional responsibility of government.
Responding on behalf of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) zone 3, the Chairman of the Southern Kaduna CAN Chairmen, Venerable John Bwankwot appreciated the Northern Christian Elders Forum for coming to the aid of the attacked and displaced victims of Southern Kaduna and promised to ensure that the relief materials get to the victims which they were meant for.
Ven. Bwankwot further lamented the way curfews are always slammed on various local governments whenever these attacks take place to put residents under siege and yet the attacks continue in the surrounding villages. The clergy said these attacks which are always followed by ceaseless curfews have crippled the economy of the zone. He also called on the state government and the state commissioner of police to address the issue of security agents who have turned this unfortunate situation as avenue to extort money from citizens at checking points and road blocks.
Considering the soon return of the rainy season, Southern Kaduna CAN has called on government and security agencies to ensure that all these attackers are flushed out from the zone so that their people can safely engage on farming activities which is their major means of livelihood, especially now that the government is stressing agriculture.
Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria in zone 3 have also called on the state government to re-open the Kafanchan campus of the state university and the College of Education in Gidan waya and provide them adequate security to enable them resume their activities.
Pastor Michael I. Maikarfi
Secretary, Southern Kaduna CAN Chairmen’s Forum