Nigeria’s Unity on Trial Under Buhari— CAN


The Christians Association of Nigeria has accused President Muhammdu Buhari of pampering bandits and other hardened criminals in the North while brute force is being used on protesters and ‘freedom fighters’ like Sunday Igboho.

According to the christian body, by so doing, Nigeria’s unity is on trial, adding that ”if those running the country are playing the ostrich, there may be no hope of redemption.”

CAN in a statement by its General Secretary, Daramola Bade Joseph, on Thursday, expressed dissatisfaction with the increasing rate of abduction of students and pastors in the country.

It wondered why security agencies were “brutal” against peaceful protesters and Yoruba Nation agitator, Igboho, while some notable persons are speaking for bandits in the North.

The body wondered whether there are two laws governing the land.

CAN also called on Buhari, to immediately order the military and the Police to rescue Rev Popoola David Kayode of Calvary Baptist Church, Kurmin Mashi in Kaduna State who was abducted by some unknown gunmen on Tuesday.

”Why should the government leave Nigerians to be at the mercy of the insurgents, bandits and kidnappers? What is the essence of having a government in place? The government that did everything to ensure that the leader of IPOBs, Nnamdi Kanu, was brought back to the country is strong enough to stop these criminalities if the political will is there.

”Mr. President, where shall we go from here? Have the criminals taken over where there is legitimate government? Though we are praying earnestly continuously, we know faith without hard work from the side of government is vain. While we are aware that you may be doing your best, your best is not good enough to Nigerians and in the eyes of the whole world. The bitter truth is that no place is safe again in this country.

”It is high time your government rose up to this menace of insecurity challenges occasioned by some criminals who are operating with impunity as terrorists, killer-herdsmen, bandits and armed robbers,” CAN said.

It added; ”History will not overlook the failure of the present administration to fulfil its campaign promises to fix the security challenges. The unborn generation will be shocked by the government that was brutal to the peaceful protesters and ‘freedom fighters’ like Sunday Adeyemo (popularly called Sunday Igboho) but was lenient with the hardened criminals who were operating with impunity. To reverse this, the President should have a change of heart in his style of governance before it will be too late. 2023 is not an eternity. He must stop a situation where Pastors are becoming endangered species under his watch.”