INSECURITY: EKITI C.A.N PROTEST, ASK FG TO REMOVE SERVICE CHIEFS
Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN ) Ekiti state chapter, on Sunday embarked on a peaceful protest in Ado-Ekiti, to demonstrate their grievances about the recent killings in the country, especially the gruesome murder of Revd. Lawan Andimi, CAN Chairman in Michika local government of Adamawa state.
The protest which began at about 2 pm took off from the Ori-apata office of the association located at Adebayo area of Ado-Ekiti,
terminated at Fajuyi park in Ado-Ekiti.
The peaceful protesters were guided by the police officers from the Ekiti state police command as well as official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ekiti state command and other para-millitary officers in the state.
The christian body comprises of different denomination, carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Stop killings” “we must unite against killings in Nigeria” Christian demands justice” All Christians are created equally “It is inhuman don’t take life ” Citizens must be protected from killers” “we christian are the main victims” among others.
Addressing his members, the Chairman of CAN in the state, Revd Fr. Peter Olowolafe lamented the stay of insecurity in the country, describing it as unbearable.
He explained that the christians in the area decided to join others in the country to embarked on the peaceful protest in order expressed their grievances about the killings in the country.
Olowolafe, who is a Catholic Priest cited several killings in the country in recent time to include the murdered of Revd Denis Bagauri in his house at Mayo Belwa of Adamawa state.
Other killings cited by him are beheading of 11 christian on Christmas day in Maiduguri, as well of the killings of a bride to be in the area and the recent kidnapped of the good shepherd Catholic Seminary in Kaduna among others.
The Ekiti Christian body helmsman called on the Federal Government to redouble its efforts at ensuring that peace reign in the country.
The Christian body condemned the recent killings in some parts of the country and admonished the Federal a Government and the security operatives in the country to redouble their efforts and bring the situation under control.
Several leaders of the association, which include, Revd. Joshua Orikogbe, Pastor Tunji Aina, Revd. Peter Akintade and Joshua Kolawole, expressed their displeasures over the killings, calling on the president to overhaul the security architecture of the country and change the service chiefs with a view to bring new idea on how to prosecute ongoing war against insurgents.
The body also advised the Federal Government to declare the Miyetti Allah as a terrorist organisation.
It called on the Federal government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and all those held in captivity by the terrorists.