CAN, HURIWA, Condemn Kidnapping, Killings in Kaduna


Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna Chapter, has led prayers and embarked on a protest against the criminal activities of armed bandits across the country. It stated that the government has fallen short of its constitutional duty to safeguard the citizens. 

The chairman of the state chapter of the religious body, Rev. Joseph Hayab, blamed the Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and President Muhammadu Buhari of being nonchalant with the lives of the people. 

He implored the government to be more proactive with the military intervention to end the activities of the bandits. At the Albarka Fellowship Baptist Church, Christians gathered to condemn the manner at which the government handled the security situation in the country despite the increasing acts of terrorists.
While addressing the people, Hayab said;

“Our governor has failed us in the state for allowing kidnappers to abduct innocent citizens at will without any effort to rescue them. We still have 39 students in captivity for several weeks now. Just this weekend, eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) were kidnapped and the kidnappers are demanding N50 million ransom. The government should wake up and save the lives of Nigerians.”

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) also condemned the inability of the government to rescue the 39 Kaduna College students that were kidnapped by bandits two weeks ago. It also shows the weakness of the government. 

The National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, also added that the kidnap of eight members of RCCG in Kaduna is evidence that the state “has become the hotbed of religious intolerance.”

According to The Guardian, HURIWA accused the Kaduna government of spurring Islamic radicals to monitor Christians of Southern Kaduna after higher powers decided that the heads of the three arms of government in the state should be Muslims. This decision is expected to cause disparity among other religions. 

More so, the group suspects that terror cells of Islamic jihadist are very evident in Kaduna and they have increased their attacks in Christian dominated regions in Southern Kaduna.

It will be recalled that on March 20, 2021, bandits raided the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Mando, Kaduna State, at about 9.30 p.m. They shot randomly before they abducted 39 students. This will be the recent case of abduction of students in an educational institution in the country.

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