The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has pleaded with President Muhammdu Buhari to ask the Adamawa state government not to implement the death sentence passed on five Christian youth in the state.
CAN president, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, made the call in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The youth were convicted by an Adamawa high court for “willfully and intentionally conspiring and attacking three herdsmen rearing cattle at Kadamun village in Demsa local government area, killing a herder in the process”.
Abdul-Azeez Waziri, the judge who handled the case, sentenced the convicts to death for culpable homicide.
But in the statement, Ayokunle said while the association does not support the killing, “hundreds of our members in southern Kaduna, Benue, Taraba and Plateau states in the north-central geo-political zones, and a state like Enugu in the south, have been killed.
The CAN president noted that Chrsitians are being killed “on a daily basis” by suspected herdsmen who are “yet to be apprehended”.
His words: “CAN is not supporting jungle justice or any criminality. But hundreds of our members in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Taraba and Plateau states in the North-central geo-political zones, and a state like Enugu in the South, have been killed.
“Some criminals parading themselves as Fulani herdsmen are still killing our members on a daily basis, but are yet to be apprehended.
“Citizens stood helpless at the massacre of their peaceful fellow Nigerians, the international community watched in anguish how government security agencies could not bring perpetrators of these heinous killings to book.
“Donald Trump, President of U.S had expressed sadness over killings of Christians in Nigeria.
“The U.S president even told President Muhammadu Buhari when he recently visited the White House in Washington DC that the U.S.A will no longer tolerate a situation where Christians were being killed with impunity.”
Ayokunle, however, said despite the outrage that has trailed the killings of Christians in Nigeria, it was disheartened that none of the killers has been brought to justice.
“We are shocked at the speed of light deployed by security and judicial officers in sentencing the alleged killers of the herdsman in Adamawa state.
“Why did the court discharge the alleged killers of Madam Bridget Agbahime on the orders of the Kano State Government?
“Why have security officials not arrested those behind the killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna? While did Nigeria Police set free those arrested for the murder of Mrs Eunice Elisha Olawale in Kubwa, Abuja.
“In view of this, CAN is calling on President Buhari to intervene in the death sentence passed on these Christian youths in Adamawa.”