By Tony Nyong
UYOâ€”Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the federal government to address Muslim youths and extremists in the northern part of the country over last weekendâ€™s killing of more than 500 innocent people in Plateau State or face the wrath of Christians.
The group also demanded from the federal government explanations as to why the various reports and recommendations of several panels set up to look into previous religious crises have never been implemented, stressing that Nigeria was not an Islamic nation where citizens are forced to become Muslims.
State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Cletus Bassey, said in the wake of the renewed killings, said Christians would react if they were pushed to the wall and advised Muslim leaders to talk to their youths. NANS calls for investigation
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has come down hard on the perpetrators of the religious crisis, describing it as untoward, unfortunate, barbaric and unsavoury. The President of NANS, Iniobong Ekomobong, who spoke with Vanguard in a telephone interview, said â€œthe unprovoked killing of 500 people has no justification in law and, therefore, goes further to show the infinitesimal value the nation has for the life of the citizenry.â€
He demanded a quick investigation of the pogrom, while also calling for the public trial of those involved so that Jos would not be allowed to boil again. Iniobong said the unfortunate event had exposed the lapses in the internal security of the nation, stressing that the federal government must show proof of the ability of the nation to provide the citizens of the nation adequate and proper security at all times.