By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—FORMER Federal Commissioner of Information and South- South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday called on the Federal Government to make arrest of Herdsmen carrying Ak47 that have been alleged to be killing, maiming, kidnapping and rapping people in some parts of the country.
Speaking in Abuja during the Easter Communion Service held in his Asokoro Residence by the St. James’ Anglican Church, Chief Clark said that it is quite disheartening that these herdsmen have been victimizing people in Adamawa, Benue, Southern Kaduna, Plateau, Zamfara, among others, yet not a single arrest has been made by the government.
The Elder Statesman who noted that Nigeria as a country was at the moment going through some difficulties, said that no one has been named in these killings, asking that who are those behind the killings?.
According to him, Easter is a season where every Nigerian should reflect on the happenings in the land, adding, ” the duty of every government is to protect lives and property. We are experiencing difficulties in the country, people are being victimized, people are being killed in Zamfaea, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Southern Kaduna and you ask who is doing this, there is kidnapping everywhere, you ask who is doing this. What kind of country is this?
“The duty of government is to protect lives and property, not a single herdsman carrying AK 47 has been arrested,but they are saying they are from the neighbouring countries, do we open our borders for others?
“This is the time to reflect, we will survive , government will come and go, today is your turn, the next day for another, Nigeria will continue, we will survive. ”
Earlier in his homily, the Vicar of St. James’ Anglican Church, Anglican Communion, Diocese of Abuja, Venerable Andrus Ukaejiofo who reminded every one of the significance of Easter as a celebration of the gift of salvation, said that it is also about victory, empowerment which every Christian and Nigerians must embrace in all its ramifications.