Don’t induce crisis in states, South-East CAN tells FG

By AdvocateNews on 17/07/2019

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, South-East Zone, has  told the Federal Government not “to not induce crisis or create undue tension in the (36) states”.

The group also condemned  the continuous attack and killing of people  on a daily basis  by suspected herdsmen  and called for action.

The body,  in statement  on Tuesday by  its Chairman, Dr Giddy Okafor,  and  Secretary, Dr Scamb Nwokolo, called on  people  in the region  to be prepared to defend themselves.

The group  urged all stakeholders to address the worsening security situation in the country.

While commending the Federal Government’s suspension of the controversial Ruga project,  the group   told  the  FG   not to  implement any  programme that  could  lead to anarchy in the country.

 The statement said, “We vehemently reject, condemn and oppose any form of forceful appropriation of individual or communal land to herdsmen or nomads in the guise of executive order, act, law or Federal Government programme, particularly in the  South-East.

“Cattle rearing is a private business,  and  as such, the Federal Government should not induce crisis or create undue tension in  the  states, more so when  the South-East is still recovering from the havoc of the  civil war and does not wish such to happen again in any form. Business is by negotiation, not imposition.”

It added, “We implore the Federal Government, in the interest of peace, unity and mutual co-existence and tolerance, to totally rescind, abrogate and jettison any action or inaction or by amendment or otherwise that shall lead to the implementation of Ruga or cattle colony, or with other names that shall depict giving herdsmen or nomadic cattle owners  the right to acquire or take  over or confiscate land of individuals or indigenous communities forcefully through the apparatus of government.”

CAN urged Igbo and Christians  not to panic “regarding the threat from some northern groups. Our land shall never be allowed to be taken by force by anybody in any guise”.

Posted 17/07/2019 06:33:49 AM

 

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