Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dami Mamza, has blamed the security architecture in the country for the incessant killings in Adamawa State. He said that members of the security setup in the country were complicit in the killings, as 43 villages have been pillaged by what he called herdsmen terrorists, while no serious action has been taken to prevent a recurrence or apprehend the perpetrators.
Dami said the protest organized by CAN was in the defence of human cause and to make a demand on government to halt the mayhem and protect the dignity of human life.
Dami said: “While several Christians have been killed on a daily basis, the protest is not about just Christians but on the sanctity of human lives.”
Dami made the remark Wednesday at the venue of the foiled planned protest by CAN in Yola, Adamawa State.
“God is the one that gives life and no one has the right to take it recklessly. The government has a responsibility to protect human lives and that is what we are demanding for,” he said.
The cleric slammed the security agencies of the country for the indiscriminate loss of lives saying: “I have been an active participant in reporting the impending attacks to all the security operatives in the state. Like the recent attack on Kwayine, the community was aware that the armed men were mobilizing to attack three days before the attack. They informed security but the attack still went on and livelihoods were destroyed.”
Speaking on the foiled protest, Dami declared that the police failed to provide security for the protest, which was meant to be an avenue for the Christian community in the state to deliver letter expressing their displeasure over the unrestrained killings in the state to the President through the chief security officer of the state, Governor Muhammed Jibrilla.
The letter read in part: “The Christian community in Adamawa State has mandated the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria to write this letter, which conveys their grievances as a result of the mindless ravaging and/or massacre of Christian farming communities by arms-wielding Fulani herdsmen.
“CAN is constrained to take this action as the killings have continued with reckless abandon, more so that perpetrators of the killings appear to be above the laws of the land. As an umbrella body for Christians, CAN is deeply disturbed that these killings are revolving mostly within and around agrarian Christians in their own ancestral lands.