The Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN] has directed all Christians in Nigeria and in diaspora to observe the 8th of Jan 2017 as a national mourning day in honour of lost souls in the crisis rocking Southern Kaduna.
Speaking during a news conference in Abuja on Friday, the General Secretary of the association Rev. Musa Asake said the killings in the region have been increasing daily in spite of a 24-hour curfew placed on the community.
The association calls on the Federal and State government to live up to the responsibility of protecting lives and properties in the area.
“We know that the Southern Kaduna has been under 24-hours curfew daily as directed by the Governor, yet the enemy of the people are still prowling, going from house to house killing defenceless people without government’s protection.”
The association challenges the level of government’s commitment to citizens protection whilst charging them to ensure better security in the zone.
“The security operatives in the area appear to be turning blind eyes to the killings. They only rush to the troubled zone after the perpetrator of the evils have performed their deadly enterprise of killings and destruction of houses and farmlands.
“We implore the State and Federal government to increase their efforts in putting an end to these killings and as well ensure that those behind the killings are brought to book under the laws of our land.
“In view of the present predicament, the President of CAN has directed that Sunday January 8th, 2017, should be declared national day of mourning by Christians including those in diaspora.”