The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), his eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle has asked the Federal Government to probe the sources of the ammuntion being used by the murderous Fulani herdsmen with a view to stop their criminal activities.
Ayokunle who asked the security agencies to stop treating the criminals among the herdsmen with kid gloves urged the government to rise up to the challenges if the nation must have peace and unity.
“The issues of the rampaging and murderous Fulani herdsmen in different parts of our nation must be stopped. They block highways to kidnap and rob, inflicting injuries on innocent Nigerians and killing them like fowls.
“No stone should be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to book. Securoty agencies should stop telling us that they are ‘unknown gunmen.’
“Those arrested should be conclusively prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others. Their sources of ammunition must be unveiled and those behind the supply should be proscuted. Victims of such senseless violent acts deserve compensation especially the people of Southern Kaduna, Agatu community of Benue state, several communties in the Eastern part of the country and South-South.”
Ayokunle who decried the menace of unemployment in the country warned those in the position authorities to create enabling environment before too late.
“Unemployment of the able bodied youths in our nation, especially graduates of various tertiary institutions is another worrisome issue; such requires enabling environment for their employment. All the harsh economic measures must be dropped for businesses to flourish. A stitch in time saves nine.”
Haven commended both the Federal Government and the military on the victory over the Boko Haram terrorists, Ayokunle prayed for the bereaved of those killed by the terrorists for comfort and grace to overcome the loss.
Speaking further, he said, “We are urging the Federal Government to do more in catering for the welfare of millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in our country” adding, “We as churches around the nation are doing the little within our financial capabilities to bring relief to our members.”
The cleric asked the Federal Government “not to relent in its efforts to get the rest of the Chibok girls released “from captivity before their lives are totally wasted. We daily imagine the pains the girls and their parents are passing through.”
According to him, “The kidnap of the Chibok girls was an apparent demonstration of the shortcoming of the previous administration which should never be allowed to reoeat itself again.”
On the menace of corruption, Ayokunle who praised the efforts being made by the Federal Government however asked the Church to join hands with the Federal Government in chasing the monster out of the country if we desired a prosperous nation.
“Corruption has almost made comatose of our economy. It is the factor behind the mass unemployment and various crimes in our nation. The quicker we all resolve to kill it, the better it would be for us.
“Therefore, let all churches be in the vanguard on war against corruption for the future prosperity of our nation.”