By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of refusing to face the many painful facts and unpleasant truths about the security situation in the country with a view to finding lasting solutions to the daily bloodbaths, noting that Nigeria is fast heading to chaos and anomie.
At a press conference in Abuja on Friday, CAN Secretary-General, Rev. Musa Asake, said the President has been acting complacent and unmoved by the reign of terror in the country.
“The sad angle to the bloodbaths in the country is that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, is not giving majority of Nigerians an impression of being deeply touched by the turn of events. He has been acting complacent and indeed unmoved by the reign of terror that his administration has permitted since the past three years of being President.
“Most painfully, the President seems to depend on his media aides to make responses, which often times had no bite on widespread bloodletting across the federation, most especially in the Middle Blet part6 of the country,” he said.
CAN also slammed President Buhari for not issuing a stern instruction to heads of security agencies to bring perpetrators of the bloody killings to book.
“War seems to be looming in Nigeria while the aggressors are no other than misguided individuals who had been armed to provoke different communities into needless battles. Yet, President Buhari, who was popularly elected in 2015 has not seen the need and urgency to issue a presidential order on need to halt the killings and with stern instruction to heads of security operatives to bring perpetrators to book.
“The dark age that has come with the administration of President Buhari in Nigeria is giving Christians in this country a huge concern. The development is making we the leaders to shudder and ask where lies the interest of the President?
“All the same, Mr President has his own interests, key of which is to seek re-election to remain in power beyond 2019 and continue with the reign of terror in Nigeria. It does not matter how many Nigerians will end up as sacrificial lamb on that single ambition,” Asake said.
It also accused President Buhari of granting killer herdsmen undeserved protection and favouritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory.
“President Buhari was elected on a wave of unprecedented public approval in 2015. Unfortunately, within a few weeks of his election, he started creating the impression that he was in power to serve the interests of his Fulani ethnic group only.
“Discerning people were quick to note that contrary to his electoral promises, he actually meant to pursue core Islamist agenda. Almost every vital appointment in Security and Education went to Muslims from the North. He did not hide his disdain for the indigenous ethnic nationalities and, at every opportunity, showed preferential treatment to the Muslim North.
“Under President Buhari, the murderous Fulani herdsmen enjoyed unprecedented protection and favoritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory. Rather than arrest and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, security forces usually manned by Muslims from the North offer them protection as they unleash terror with impunity on the Nigerian people.
“The bottom line is that President Buhari failed woefully to protect Nigerians. He willfully permitted the Fulani herdsmen to operate killing people, destroying communities wholesale, destroying farmlands and turning the entire Middle Belt into ‘killing fields’, all the while enjoying government protection from counter attack, arrest or prosecution,” he added.