By Ifah Ele Sunday
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in strong terms the last Sunday’s reported killings of over 30 people at Auno near Maiduguri by the suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
They said that what they found shocking and unfathomable was the reported policy of the military that necessitated closing the only entry gate against civilian citizens commuting from security risk roads and areas into Maiduguri, only to become cheap preys for blood-thirsty terrorists to slaughter.
In a statement by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, they maintained that the security arrangement in the country, especially in the North-east, has been compromised and except the security system is completely overhauled, Nigerians will remain helpless and the Federal Government may never be able to contain the current security situation.
Urging President Buhari to overhaul the entire military, they said “It is however sad that Federal Government nay the Commander-in-Chief is still turning a deaf ear to the desperate calls for the rejigging of the security architecture by Nigerians”,
“If the road must be closed, why is the security protection not made available for the travellers who would arrive there after the closure? Was there any evidence that a thorough check was carried out on the travellers and their vehicles to confirm if they were armed?”, they said.
The association encouraged the military authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to the emergence of the gate instead of adequate provision of security on the road in order to stop the incessant invasion of Maiduguri and terror attacks in the area.