A strong warning has been issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to the Federal Government to either find a lasting solution to the lingering Southern Kaduna crisis without further delay or be prepared for war.
This statement was credited to the President of the Christian body, Reverend Olasupo Ayokunle.
He maintained that it is when government ensure suspects are dealt with in accordance to the law that the crisis could be resolved in the affected states.
Ayokunle, who also doubles as the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), suggested that the failure to halt unprovoked killings by suspected herdsmen in some parts of the country could lead to war in the country.
The clergyman emphasized government’s action to protect innocent Nigerians through effective security surveillance most especially at the nation’s borders to forestall illegal immigration.
Ayokunle’s comment was made at a special service held at First Baptist Church (Miracle Cathedral) in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. The Miracle Cathedral is a Centenary Estate developed by the Ekiti Conference of NBC. The Estate sited at Oke Ila area of the town was commissioned during Ayokunle’s visit, which also had the Ewi, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe in attendance.
The event also recorded the launch of a book titled: “The History of First Baptist Church, Ado Ekiti”, written by the church’s Historical Committee and was reviewed by the Vice Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Prof. Matthew Ojo.
Ayokunle encouraged Church members and Christians in general to be more committed to evangelism. “We wouldn’t have had Boko Haram if we had evangelized well.” He said.
In his sermon titled: “Moving Forward, Exhibiting the Features of a Prevailing Church”, Ayokunle it is the duty of the church to pray for Nigeria to get over all its social, economic and political problems.
“There is need to pray more for Nigeria because it is only prayer that can save us. Let us continue to pray for the leadership of this country. But I want to urge the government to check the menace of the herdsmen in some parts of the country.
“We are calling on the Federal Government to prosecute the hersdmen arrested in connection with the recent killings in Benue and Southern Kaduna because this will ease tension in the two states.
“We also want the Federal Government to investigate through intelligence gathering those unpatriotic Nigerians supplying the hersdmen with weapons being used to perpetrate evil.
“If the government fails to stop the provocation of the Fulani (herdsmen), they should be prepared for war. No ethnic group has monopoly of violence and no ethnic group should be a monster to others.” He said.
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