Arrest, prosecute killers, Northern Christians tell Buhari
The Chairman of CAN Northern States, Rev. Yakubu Pam, had on behalf of the delegation urged the President to revisit the country’s security architecture in order to give it a new lease of life and responsiveness to earn the required trust, confidence, and support of the general populace.
Pam also called on the government to ensure that all communities ravaged by the killer herdsmen were rebuilt and adequate security be put in place to enable displaced persons to return to their homes and means of livelihood.
He urged the government to roll out a robust advocacy programme to enlighten the nomadic herders on modern cattle rearing against open grazing and roaming across the states and national boundaries.
He also urged the government to encourage herders to acquire land for cattle ranching across the country as a means of private business investment.
Pam also called for the release of Leah Sharibu and others in Boko Haram’s captivity and stoppage of marriage of Christian girls without their parents’ consent in the North.
The clergyman said, “We, therefore, wish to state that the situation does not only violate the fundamental human rights of the girls but is also a call to anarchy if such actions were to get an even score by the Christian population.
“The appeal, therefore, is for your quick intervention to ensure that the numerous girls held under such circumstances are released to their parents.
“In the spirit of the above observation, we wish to demand that intensive and speedy actions should be taken for the release of girls in captivity, especially Leah Sharibu.
“That all perpetrators including the so-called foreigners as alleged of these heinous crimes against humanity in parts of northern states should be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others .”