Church leaders support impeachment of President over killings
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of complacency in the face of a reign of terror that his administration had “permitted since the past three years of being President”.
The leading Christian body supported calls for the impeachment of the President. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Friday 27 April, the Secretary-General of the Association, the Rev Musa Asake, said: “Most painfully, the President seems to depend on his media aides to make responses, which often times had no bite on widespread bloodletting across the federation, most especially in the Middle Belt region of the country.”
CAN also accused the president of lacking the capacity to demand action from his security chiefs to stop the massacres.
“War seems to be looming in Nigeria while the aggressors are no other than misguided individuals who had been armed to provoke different communities into needless battles.” Asake said and warned that, “the dark age” has now befallen the country, ushered in by President Buhari.
CAN said that “contrary to his electoral promises President Buhari was purusing an ‘Islamist agenda’. Almost every vital appointment in Security and Education went to Muslims from the North. He did not hide his disdain for the indigenous ethnic nationalities and, at every opportunity, showed preferential treatment to the Muslim North.”
The Association accused the president of granting Islamic Fulani herdsmen “unprecedented protection and favoritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory. Rather than arrest and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, security forces usually manned by Muslims from the North offer them protection as they unleash terror with impunity on the Nigerian people.”
CAN said it supports the call for the impeachment of the President for breaching section 14 (2) of the 1999 constitution. “The silence of the Federal Government in the unending killings is an indication that it has relegated its constitutional responsibilities and had willingly permitted the perpetrators of this evil to freely kill people, destroy communities with intention of forceful occupation.” Asake pointed out that further to this constitutional breach is the fact that “the military and other security agencies that ought to be impartial have pitched their support with murderous herdsmen and have shielded them from facing the wrath of law.”
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
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