Catholic Bishops: Killings in Southern Kaduna, A Declaration of War

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Catholic Bishops have frowned at the rising number of unjustifiable killings going on in Kaduna state and other parts of the country.
Arch Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, the President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), said that the evolving culture of brutality and wanton destruction to human lives in the country had become alarming and unparalleled in the history of the nation.
In a statement issued in Abuja, Kaigama called on Nigerians to have a rethink with regards to wastage of human lives.
Kaigama said that taking human lives just because it suited ones religious, ethnic, political or even criminal aspirations was unjustifiable and should not be the practice in a civilised world.
According to him, human lives are dignified and sacred and should not be sacrificed as if they are mere animal lives for pleasure or celebration.

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“How can human lives be so casually terminated with pictures of dead bodies, decapitated or disfigured corpses shown in the social media.
“What is mind-boggling is the seeming insensitivity to the killings. Does it not trouble us that the international community is watching Nigeria with great apprehension.
“The scriptures say that God created man and woman and asked them to increase and multiply and fill the earth, not to depopulate it by act of violence.
“The manner lives are being taken right now in Southern Kaduna and many other troubled areas of our nation is tantamount to a declaration of war against helpless and innocent Nigerians.”
He noted that people had rough and tough times when innocent Nigerians lost their lives as it was experienced in Agatu, Madagali, Gwoza, Yobe, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Anambra, Abia and now Southern Kaduna.
Kaigama said these impacted negatively on the younger generation growing with the impression that life was cheap and could be taken away at the whims of anyone or any group that so desired.
“For how long will killings, associated with demented or irrational reasoning continue to be witnessed, especially in Southern Kaduna before a concerted effort is made to stop such carnage permanently.

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“When will one Nigerian life matter or must people be killed in thousands or millions before we realise the humongous damage done to our people.
“We are becoming so sadistic that we do not see that such brutality creates a culture of impunity, chaos, anarchy and doom; as if the needless killing by Boko Haram is not enough.
“A culture is developing that does not seem to know the difference between the lives of human beings and that of cows, goats, rams, chickens.’’
The clergyman commended the security agents and urged them not to see the weapons they were using as licence to molest those they were supposed to protect.

He urged the Federal Government not to procrastinate in proffering well-thought out responses to act of savagery in the country.

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  1. Dauda Ibrahim Kashim January 7, 2017 at 2:27 am - Reply

    PRESS RELEASE:
    SOUTHERN KADUNA:
    HEAR FROM ALL STAKEHOLDERS

    The past one week has witnessed reckless violence in Southern Kaduna. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan have claimed that about 808 people have been killed so far in 53 villages.
    The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) condemns these killings. We hate violence. We detest the sight of blood. Human life is sacred and nobody has the right to take the life of a fellow human being.
    Nonetheless, we call for caution. We remind all stakeholders that both the Qur’an and the Bible enjoin caution in cases like this. The two scriptures ask mankind to investigate all cases before jumping to conclusions (Qur’an 49:6; 1st Thessalonians 5:21).
    Both the press and the security agencies have questions to answer on the pogrom going on in Southern Kaduna: the press for giving the Nigerian public only one side of the story and the security agencies for allowing the killings to continue unabated. We remind the Federal Government (FG) that the primary duty of government is to protect the citizens’ lives and properties. Article 14 Section 2(b) of the 1999 Constitution states that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
    MURIC is concerned that the public has been fed with only the Christian side of the story. Justice and fair hearing demands that we hear from the other side. What happened to professionalism on the part of the press? Is hearing from the other side also not part of investigative journalism? Are there no Islamic organizations in Southern Kaduna? What of the Muslim Youth Foundation of Southern Kaduna (MYFOSKA)? Why haven’t they been interviewed?
    The Nigerian press should not be asymmetrical. Parochial reportage is an ill wind that will blow nobody any good. We can only know the beginning of a crisis. Nobody can predict its end. Those who fan the embers of violence may end up as victims. MURIC feels concerned whenever there is violence in Nigeria. What this country needs for economic recovery and political stability is peace.
    MURIC is in possession of documents which prove that Muslims were the first victims of attacks in Southern Kaduna and the attacks which targeted Muslim business premises, homes and families had begun since October 2016. But we will not release the documents yet so that the conflict will not exacerbate. Suffice it to note that security agents have caught some Christians with arms in the area since the conflict began some days ago.
    We therefore take CAN’s allegation of official endorsement of the killings with a pinch of salt. It is subtle blackmail. Why must CAN’s handling of every crisis be clouded in religious profiling? It is high time we started to see our leaders as Nigerians and not as belonging to any particular tribe or faith. Criminals also must be seen from the point of view of their actions and not necessarily associated with their religion or ethnic group. Herdsmen must therefore be called herdsmen and not necessarily tied to the aprons of Muslims or Fulanis.
    Finally, we charge the Federal Government to flood Southern Kaduna with security personnel. We welcome the Senate’s decision to probe the Southern Kaduna crisis. We call on Muslims in Southern Kaduna to remain calm and law abiding, to refrain from issuing inflammatory statements and to cooperate with security agents posted to the area. We appeal to CAN and the Catholic archdiocese of Kafanchan to douse tension among Christians in Southern Kaduna.

    Professor Ishaq Akintola,
    Director,
    Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

  2. Ogbedeleto Jacinta January 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Are these Christians?

  3. Frank Merenge January 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    This may result in ethnic violence between the southern kaduna people and the muslims. If it happens the bishop is their brother. I overheard them saying if Biafra is liberated, the muslims are in soup.

  4. Cletus Madaki January 7, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Great news!

  5. Marshall Yohanna Dauda January 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Abeg don’t be there making mouth. We need action

  6. Junaidu Abdullahi January 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Let’s start

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