The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State chapter, has condemned in strong terms the action of the Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai for offering money to Fulani herdsmen for a ceasefire in the southern part of the state.
Rising from its council meeting in Kaduna, CAN State Chairman, Bishop George Jonathan Dodo, asked whether the money offered to herdsmen was a reward for destroying lives and properties.
He wondered why government should stoop so low as to beg the herdsmen to discontinue their actions.
Dodo said, “If it is true that the government was able to identify those responsible for the actions and even offered them money for a ceasefire, what will happen after the herdsmen finish the money and run out of funds.
“How much has the government given to the people who are displaced to re-enable them re-build their houses that were destroyed, and treat the injured in hospitals so that they can come back?”
He said the governor had the responsibility to investigate “the source of these ammunitions, who are these people, where are they from, their identities and their mission.”
He said CAN as a body was worried over the killings and burning of residential houses, farmlands in Southern Kaduna.
According to him, such act was deserving of condemnation in all ramifications and “it leaves one wondering whether it is insanity that is actually at play or total lack of respect for the sacredness of human life or dignity of human life.”
While appealing to Christians in Kaduna State to rise up to the challenge and do what is necessary to help the affected people who have been at the receiving end, he called on government to extend a helping hand to CAN.
“Is offering them money supposed to be a reward for destroying lives? Or is government simply stooping so low as to beg them to discontinue their actions?
“What happens after they finish this money and they run short of funds? Is government going to give them money again?
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