RISING from the shock of Abuja-Kaduna railway bandits attack, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on the federal government to as a matter of necessity, declare the group terrorists.
The Christian body said activities of bandits in the north, especially the northeast which spilled into attacks on the railway and suspension of rail services from Abuja to Kaduna worsened the growing tension on the people and particularly Kaduna State and its environs in this episode.
In a statement released by the vice president of CAN in the north and president, Kaduna State Chapter, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, entitled, ‘Attack on the Kaduna – Abuja railway, a final attack by bandits’, CAN said that bandits in Kaduna ‘had become very strong and daring’.
“Unless we stand firm against those who torment our citizens, these bandits will not let us have peace.
“Now that bandits are destroying the train tracks, what else have they done to confirm that they are terrorists and enemies of the state? Rev. Hayab questioned.
Noting that Governor El-Rufai has joined the call in asking the federal government to declare the bandits as terrorists, the clergyman said the bandits will have no hiding place when honest and concerted approach is employed to contain their forays.
“Our government should act decisively now before it is too late,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Northern State Council of the Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria has called on the federal government to expose the sponsors of banditry in Nigeria.
The secretary of the Ansar-ud-Deen Society, Council of Northern States, Alhaji Isiaq Sanni, made the call in Kaduna over the weekend, as the society and the Yoruba community paid tribute to its late president and president, Alhaji Liadi Olapade, who died on the penultimate Saturday.
Speaking at the Fidau eighth day prayer organised in honour of the late Alhaji Olapade, Ansar-ud-Deen’s secretary said that the ‘deceased lived, worked and died in defense of a united and secure Nigeria through the promotion of education citizen’.
“Because of his passion for religion and citizen education, which he used to say is the best way to combat insecurity, he accepted the nomination and represented the Ansar-ud-Deen Council of Northern States very well on the board of directors of our University, Summit University.
“It is regrettable that the insecurity that Olapade fought for persists today.
“Therefore, we ask the government to do more in the fight against banditry and other security challenges, because its current effort is not enough to address the challenges.
“The government should tell those who are behind banditry, those who sponsor insecurity, to let us know those who do not want our beloved country to progress, those who do not like the government,” Sanni said.