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TEKAN faults FG on Cattle Colonies

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By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria known in Hausa language as Tarayyar Ekkkisiyoyin Kristi a Nijeria, TEKAN, has raised concern over what it described as the deliberate refusal of Federal Government to order the arrest and prosecution of some prominent members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who made inciting statements encouraging the continuous killings of helpless citizens in the recent attacks that took place in Adamawa, Benue, and Taraba States.

Herdsmen with their cattle

TEKAN, a body of 15 Christian denominations, in a communiqué made available to Vanguard at the end of the 63rd session of its General Assembly, and signed by its President, Rev. Dr Caleb Solomon Ahima and General Secretary, Rev. Jatau Ebuga, also condemned the attempt to reintroduce the Grazing Routes policy Nigerians had rejected through the back door by calling for the creation of “Cattle Colonies” as well as the usage of the Nigerian Air force fighter jets for attacks on innocent and defenseless citizens in Adamawa and Borno States under the guise of targeting Boko Haram insurgents.

According to the communiqué, “The Assembly condemns in strongest terms the wanton killings and destruction of lives and properties of her numerous members and innocent Nigerians around the country in recent times by Fulani Herdsmen and persons masquerading as Boko Haram and “unknown gunmen” and wondered why President Buhari consistently turn the other side.

“The Assembly expresses concern with dismay that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government has not been able to abate the killings and destruction of properties and calls on the President to uphold the sanctity of human lives and keep to the terms of his oath of office and the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to defend and protect the lives of every citizen.

“The Assembly views the security architecture of Nigeria, and is saddened by the fact that almost all the heads of the security apparatus come from the same religion and geographical zone of Nigeria, the Assembly believes that the ethnic skewed appointments are responsible for the increasing level of Fulani herdsmen terrorism in the Country and calls for a deliberate balancing on those appointments.”

The General Assembly of TEKAN also called on the Federal Government to permanently address the perennial fuel scarcity which was more severe during the Christmas and New Year celebrations resulting in untold hardship on the citizens.

While commiserating with member-churches and other victims affected by the ongoing Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists’ attacks across the country, TEKAN urged her members to participate actively in political processes to help raising leaders that will bring sanity and sanctity to the nation.

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