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General Secretary, Pastor Musa Asake (CAN)

Benue killings:. Presidency fires back at CAN

By Ateko Usman-Ejima:
General Secretary, Pastor Musa Asake (CAN)

The Presidency on Tuesday in Abuja has replied the Christian Association of Nigeria where the Christian body accused it of bias in the handling of Benue crisis involving the death of over 73 lives.

The body speaking through its General Secretary, Pastor Musa Asake at a news conference in Abuja, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of “slowly implementing a hidden agenda to islamise Nigeria”, hence, the Fulani herdsmen attacks across the nation since the beginning of his administration.
He added: “under President Buhari, the murderous Fulani herdsmen enjoyed unprecedented favouritism and protection to the extent that the herdsmen treats Nigeria as a conquered territory.”
“The bottom line is that President Buhari has failed woefully to protect the citizens.  He willfully allow Fulani herdsmen to kill people, destroy communities wholesale, destroy farmlands and turning middle belt into killing fields.”
“The attackers have enjoyed protection from counter attack and none has been arrested all these while’, the scribe said.
In his reaction, the spokesperson of the President, Garba Shehu said, the CAN scribe has not cited any constitutional breach by Mr. President, adding that Buhari’s government posed no threat to any person or group of persons.
He advised CAN to stick to religious duties rather than delving into politics.
Meanwhile, the issue of national security dominated Tuesday’s plenary at the upper and lower chambers of Nigeria’s National Assembly after three weeks New year break.
In the Senate, it was an unanimous condemnation of killings by Fulani herdsmen across the nation.
After about six hours debate on ways of tackling insecurity in Nigeria, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki explained that leaders have been indicted for not proactively nipped attacks in the bud.  The lawmakers therefore, issued a 14 day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police to arrest the pepertrators behind Benue genocide.

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