The Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN, Thursday, accused the Federal Government of trivialising and playing down the violent activities of killer-herdsmen in the country.
It also claimed that forces of Islamisation in Nigeria were still moving sharply, noting that some people were pushing the agenda of Islamisation and trying to force everybody to convert to Islam.
National President of CCN, an affiliate of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Dr Benebo Fubara Fubara-Manuel and his Anambra State branch chairman and Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev Owen Nwokolo, disclosed this during the CCN Standing Committee meeting, held at the Archbishop C.J. Patterson International Auditorium, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha Anambra state.
CCN said it was concerned that “the market places, the schools where the children are trained and even their homes are no longer safe, we are particularly concerned that when they take away girls from their schools, they will hold back a Christian girl. These matters are still burning in our hearts.
“Instead of condemning and speaking about the violent attacks of the people in their villages and communities by the killer herdsmen, the Federal Government is describing the attacks, killings and maiming of people in their homes by killer herdsmen as conflict between herdsmen and farmers.
“They minimise and reduce the matter as conflicts between herdsmen and farmers to show that they are not yet touched by the killings, maiming and sacking of people from their homes and communities by the killer herdsmen.
“Our expectations are that government should own up to the fact that there is a problem on ground and in the land. They should stop finding excuses to the problems and making statements that minimize the problems created by the invading and marauding killer-herdsmen.
“The Federal Government should re-address its military strategy in such a way that people will not walk into our schools and take our girls and go scot-free and we hope that they will negotiate without religious bias or show of any religious divide or leave a Christian behind and bring others back.”