The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, Monday asked the leadership of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to help build the image of President Muhammadu Buhari by exposing the criminal Fulani herdsmen in the country.
Ayokunle gave the charge when he met the representatives of MACBAN led by its National Secretary, Baba Othman Ngadzarna, and Alhaji Sidia Metankari, who came to congratulate him on his re-election and seek for a date for dialogue with the leadership of CAN on the on-going security challenges in the country.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, quoted him as saying that poor leadership is at the root of lingering security problem in the country.
“Our major problem is lack of leadership. We don’t have leadership that builds life but such that destroys life. Nigeria needs a detribalised leader who will pick the best across all divides that will help him to govern the entire nation well,” he said.
Ayokunle said the leadership of CAN was not attacking President Muhammadu Buhari on religious ground but that all it wanted was for the president to show leadership and respond to the yearnings of Nigerians irrespective of their faith, ethnic background and political leaning.
“All we are asking the government for is to be more responsible and responsive to the yearning of the people of Nigeria irrespective of their faith, ethnic background and political leaning. For example government should be able to provide basic amenities for the people as it is being done in other climes and security challenges must be addressed holistically.
“Good governance will surely change the current disturbing narrative. There is no reason why the criminals amidst us should not be brought to book. Now that you have said it is not all herdsmen that belong to MACBAN, then your association should stop justifying the atrocities being perpetrated by those criminals,” he said.