Don’t Drag Nigeria Into Civil War – CAN Tells FG
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Taraba State, on Monday called on Buhari to end herdsmen killings across the country to prevent the country from going into a civil war.
At a press conference in Jalingo, CAN Chairman in the state, Rev. Ben Ubeh, said the killings going on across the country with impunity by Fulani herdsmen were capable of pushing the country into an unprecedented civil war.
This is even as the body called on the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, not to be bothered by the blackmail from MACAN over the implementation of the open grazing prohibition law.
“We call on President Buhari, the northern Emirs and the patrons of Miyetti Allah to prevent the country from going into another needless civil war.
“Cattle breeding is a private business and you cannot force your private business on the resources of others. If the Federal Government creates cattle colonies, would they create piggery colonies across states in the north?
“We support ranching as the best solution to the killings going on in the country. Ranching is the way to go and the Federal Government should stop playing politics with the lives of innocent Nigerians to please a particular group in the country,” he said.
While accusing the Federal Government of playing double standard on issues of security in the country, CAN said the government last year declared Independent People of Biafra as a terrorist group and launched the Operation Python Dance, and Operation Crocodile Smile against IPOB and Niger Delta Avengers, but failed to do so on herdsmen “who have killed more people than Boko Haram.
“We urge the Federal Government to live up to its constitutional responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people. It will not be in the interest of anybody if the people resort to self-defence because government has failed to protect them,” the state CAN chairman said.