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Christian group laments increased killings, kidnappings in Kaduna

NEWSMAN, Kaduna – Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai to listen to Nigerians and protect them from the rising spate of kidnapping and banditry terrorising the people of the state.

The body also called on Buhari and El-Rufai to match words with action to ensure that insecurity is dealt with thus giving people confidence to move freely in search of their means of livelihood.

In a statement issued by the State Chairman, Elder Bulus Dogara, and State Secretary, Rev. Eugene Luka Adamu, the congress emphasized, “This is necessary because wherever there is peace there will be rapid development in no small measure. Hence the plea of Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians, Kaduna state chapter for government to take decisive steps to ensure the security of people and property”.

According to the congress, it said it is with heavy hearts that they are compelled to make contributions to the happenings in the country, particularly in Northern Nigeria with the incessant killings that has become the order of the day, saying that the increased killings and kidnapping in the society has indeed become a thing of concern.

The congress noted that most worrisome is the recent happenings that the bandits have developed another method of kidnapping students especially in Kaduna State from Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna, to Greenfield University, Kaduna, where their students were kidnapped and millions of naira were given as ransom besides the students that were killed before the others could be released.

It lamented, “Of recent, the kidnapping of students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, in Chukun Local Government Area where small children were kidnapped and to date they are in the hands of their abductors in the bush in harsh environment that they are made to forcibly face for offence they did not commit. The kidnappers also went to Faith Academy but thank God they were repelled by the security is disheartening”.

The congress explained that the insecurity in the state is so terrifying that in Zango Kataf Local Government Area, Katsit, Kibori, Warkan and other villages have all fallen into the hands of bandits and kidnappers at will with lives and properties destroyed.

Also, the congress observed that as stakeholders in the project called Nigeria that prays for the peaceful coexistence of the society, the continued abduction of students is a bad omen, adding that the young ones may grow to know criminality in their lives. It lamented that the future of education in the North is seriously being bastardized and that the future of the youth is so uncertain, Daily Post reported.

According to the congress, with the way insecurity is growing, it has become almost impossible for the farmer to go to farm and the general movement of people to go about their normal way of life is being denied thereby increasing poverty in the land and making the already bad situation worse.

“As a body of Christ, the killings in the society is against the will of God and humanity, and therefore, we are calling on the good people of Nigeria and the Christian body as a whole to please rise up and pray for God’s intervention to touch the hearts of those that have given themselves to killings, kidnapping, rape, maiming and the destruction of properties to have a rethink and stop. This is not only good for the society but for the people who are directly involved in the kidnapping.

“The CNNC calls on the Government, the power that be that people are looking up to them to provide security and peace, to rise up to its responsibility and please get these children and many more released”, the congress appealed.

On the recent kidnapping of the Emir of Kajuru and others, the congress said the development is so unfortunate that traditional rulers are no longer protected against the evil that has befallen the society, calling on all concerned to ensure the release of all those in the hands of the abductors.

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