By Jude Owuamanam
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Adamawa State chapter, has accused security agencies of complicity in the recent clashes between farmers and herders in the srate, which have led to the death of hundreds of people and destruction of property worth millions of naira.
The association asked the Federal Government to wade in and stop the senseless killing in the state.
A statement signed by CAN chairman, Adamawa State, Most Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Mamza, said the association was in deep mourning over the unfortunate incident.
The statement said, “We mourn as we remember those killed in the areas of Numan and Demsa as a result of
clashes between farmers and herdsmen. “We wish to state clearly that life is a gift from God and that life is sacred. We appreciate the sacrifices being made by some of our security personnel as they protect the lives and properties of innocent citizens, more especially the seven mobile policemen who were
gruesomely murdered last week in the Numan area. However, we also observe the complicity and inaction by some security agencies in respect of the on-going crisis. It is such a sad and disturbing thing to live in a nation where
the security agencies have heard reports of impending attacks by armed men around the bushes of villages surrounding Numan but failed to act. We wish to state here that people are seriously losing confidence in government at all levels as they fail to protect the lives and property of her citizens forgetting the sacred oath they took.
“The attacks against Numan and its environs have been foretold by people who do not want us to live together in peace. The phenomenon of coordinated attacks of communities by armed men in and around the Numan areas have assumed dangerous proportions without
state actors taking any decisive legal measures to arrest and prosecute offenders. The silence of some of our highly placed religious, traditional and political leaders on the Numan crisis can be interpreted as an approval of the
“Local communities had precisely and concisely sighted well-armed killers in different locations over the past days and had reported same to the security agencies but no one listened to
“We call on the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as a matter of urgency to act promptly and to deal with offenders as a matter of justice and an
assurance that his government “belongs to everybody and to nobody” and to disabuse the minds of the public that some persons or tribes are ‘sacred cows’.
“We are disheartened by the claim of some security agents in the State that they had ‘boosted security in the areas’. Those who escaped the crisis in the Numan areas complained bitterly
about the lack of security presence most
especially in the attacked communities and areas where the armed killers were moving towards. We call on the security agencies to be truthful in their operations and to perform their primary duty of securing lives and property in and around Numan and Demsa areas in order
to restore public confidence in their work.
“We call on all Christians in Adamawa State to begin three days fasting and prayers from Friday 8th December to the
evening of Sunday 10th December 2017 for security and peace especially in Numan and Demsa Local Government Areas and Adamawa State as a whole. “We call on all Christians in Adamawa State to be law abiding citizens and
remain very vigilant of suspicious persons bent on destroying our peace. We pray for the souls of the faithful departed that through the mercy of God they may rest in peace. We equally call
on the Federal and State Governments to make provisions for the displaced persons as a matter of urgency, to render free medical treatment to the injured and make adequate compensation for those who lost their means of livelihood and