By Daniel Jok
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), has lambasted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for the continuing killing of innocent people, especially, residents of southern Kaduna in recent times.
The Church, therefore, joined the Senate in calling for the immediate sack of the Service Chiefs
The ECWA President, Rev. Stephen Baba Panya, made the position of the Church known in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, on Thursday.
“We have said it several times that in the face of the dismal security situation, the time was long overdue for the Service Chiefs to go.
“We once more emphatically lend our voice in full support of the resolution adopted by the Senate during plenary calling on the Service Chiefs to resign or be sacked by the President due to the multi-pronged security challenges in the country.
“The security leadership architecture of this country needs to be urgently restructured for it to be more inclusive and to reflect the various diversities of our nation in order to be more effective in accomplishing its mandate of protection of lives and properties of citizens.
“ECWA is particularly worried that these continued massacres and destructions in our Christian communities have become too much to bear considering the fact that the states and especially the federal government have neither said anything of worth about the killings nor have shown concern on the plight of the communities whenever they are attacked.
“There are no sympathy visits to the remnant victims in the communities.
“There are no steps taken to alleviate their sufferings by providing relief materials to them since they have been made Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in their thousands.”
The church recalled that in the early hours of July 10, 2020, nine persons were killed by suspected armed Fulani militia in Chibob village of Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State, during a government imposed curfew and despite the presence of security operatives in the area.
Also, on the July 11, 2020, twelve persons were killed by the same suspects Kigudu Community, which shares boundary with Chibob, also in Zangon Kataf LGA, also during a government imposed curfew.
On the July 12, 2020, Surubu village under Gora ward was also attacked, where the entire village was looted and burnt down, one person was killed.
It also lamented that 20 people were killed by the suspected assailants on the July 19, 2020 at Kukun Daji, during a midnight raid.
“ECWA is therefore calling on the Kaduna Sate government in particular, and the Federal government, to show more commitment and sincerity in securing the Christian communities in the southern part of Kaduna state.
“It is summarily unfair to place a curfew on indigenous communities while letting their enemies go after and cut them down defenselessly.
“In light of the glaring failure of the State and Federal Governments to protect the people, communities should be allowed under the supervision of security outfits to reasonably arm
themselves for self defence since the security outfits have admitted that they are overwhelmed and unable to provide adequate security as they would want to,” the church leader said.
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