KILLINGS: Defend Yourselves! Christian Elders Tell Southern Kaduna
July. 30, 2020
The National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, has urged Christians in southern Kaduna to defend themselves and avert certain death in the hands of “jihadists.”
In a statement by its Chairman, Elder Solomon Asemota (SAN), the NCEF condemned the raging cycle of violence and destruction against Christian communities in Northern Nigeria, Middle Belt, and other parts of the country and urged Christians to be alert and respond proactively.
The Christian elders expressed dissatisfaction that security agencies cannot protect Christians from the raging killings in Southern Kaduna and many parts of the country.
In the statement, entitled: “Lay Faithful Trust Fund” the NCEF consoled families and individuals affected in the genocide recurring in Southern Kaduna among Christian indigenous ethnic nationalities.
The elders said, “Having received sufficient signals from the security units that they are incapable of defending and protecting Christian lives, the Christian Elders are, therefore, mobilizing Nigerian Christian leaders to evolve measures to protect and defend themselves because self-defense is legal."
The NCEF explained that some tribes are still on jihad in Nigeria in the 21st century adding that the group targeted by this jihad is the non-Muslim population in Nigeria, particularly the Christians.
According to Asemota, this is confirmed by the pattern of the attacks, including the deliberate violation of the Federal Character Principle in Section 14 (3) of the Constitution on Federal appointments.
“During its meeting on July 23, 2020, NCEF reviewed the situation in the country and passed a resolution to revive the Christian Trust Fund, which was earlier handed over to CAN in 2014 but became moribund under its care in 2018,” he stated.
Speaking further, Asemota said: “The Christian elders concluded at the said meeting that unless Christians have a central purse to fund Christian advocacy and Christian interventions, the jihadists shall continually be emboldened to pursue ruthless and relentless attacks on Christians at all levels.
“A coordinated and well funded Christian response has become imperative in 2020, much more than the situation warranted in 2014 when the Trust Fund was introduced and handed over to CAN.
“NCEF assures Christians and, indeed, all Nigerians that as Christian elders, the object of the Lay Faithful Trust Fund is not to exacerbate violence in the land through sponsoring counter violent measures but to pursue a deliberate non-violent plan of building Christian structures to promote peace, protect Christians, and ensure balance and order in the country.”
The NCEF also called on CSMN, the socio-political arm of the Church, to commence immediately the establishment of Lay Faithful Trust Fund in accordance with Article 14 (1a) of its Constitution to mobilize critical funding to defend Christians and also ensure the survival of democracy in Nigeria.
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