Arrest leaders of Miyetti Allah now, CAN tells Buhari

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest leaders of the Miyetti Allah organisation over killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among others.

It condemned the killing of the CAN chairman, Lawan Andami, in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

In a statement signed by the CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, on Thursday, the association made other demands.

“The Federal Government should either label the Miyetti Allah Fulani Association a terrorist organisation as being regarded in the terror index.

“The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups who are sponsoring and perpetuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among others,” the Christian group said.

The Miyetti Allah is the umbrella body of Fulani herders in the country. Sporadic bloody conflicts between herders and farmers in parts of the country have led to many death over the years.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has not ceased telling us that the criminals are coming from Libya, as though Nigeria shares borders with Libya,” CAN said.

Killing

The pastor, Mr Andami, who was abducted on January 3 by members the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), after an attack on Michika town, was killed on Monday by his abductors.

The killing came two days after ISWAP claimed to have killed another abducted Christian whose identity has not been made known.

Mr Andami was last seen alive in a video clip shared online by his abductors two weeks ago. In the video, he was heard saying that his abductors “were nice to him.”

CAN, however, accused the Federal Government of refusing “to call Islamic groups to order, but instead insists that the herdsmen are stakeholders in the country.”

Other demands

“The President should overhaul the security council with a view of bringing in new heads of all the security agencies and the para-military which no religion or part of the country will dominate.

“The Federal Government should publish names of all kingpins of the terrorists who are in detention and those who are being prosecuted,” it said.

It also said the Federal Government “should stop releasing the so-called repented terrorists since they are reportedly joining their colleagues in the forest to unleash terror on the land.

“The Federal Government should reverse the recent controversial Police promotion with a view to balancing religious and ethnic divides in the country.

“The Federal Government should stop sending delegation to all Islamic international organisations and let our Muslim counterparts be doing so as we are doing in all international Christian religious organisations.

“The Federal Government should stop discriminating against our female Youth corps who refuse to wear the NYSC trousers for religious reasons since they allow their Muslim counterparts to wear hijab,” the group added.


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