The military takeover of Government in Guinea on 5 Sep is a warning to Nigerian Government Officials, a group of northern Pastors has warned.
“There is a salient clamor for military intervention [in Nigeria],” said Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association (ACIPA) in a press statement on 7 Sep.
“There are calls for intervention by international communities over the sliding of Nigeria into a failed state,” said the statement from the Rev. Luke Shehu, President of ACIPA.
“No further evidence is required to be proven in the infiltration of our security system than the recent attack at the Nigerian Defense Academy Kaduna (N.D.A).
“Not only were officers abducted from their quarters but they were eventually killed. How can civilians be safe and protected when loyalty appears to be tilted based on sentiments and operational command depends on the sentiments of the superior rather than the reality on the ground?” said Shehu on the anniversary of September 7 riots that killed over 1000 people in Jos.
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OUR TRAVAILS TODAY AND THE GLORY OF TOMORROW- MESSAGE OF AREWA CHRISTIANS AND INDIGENOUS PASTORS ASSOCIATION (ACIPA) IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS AND THE WAY FORWARD
7th September, 2021
Today, 7th September 2001 is fresh in our memories like yesterday. The memories of loved ones lost in the carnage of evil by the terrorists and the destruction of properties as well as what once stood as Jos Plateaus’ monument of pride, beauty, commerce, tourism and unity still resonates our values and identity.
ACIPA commiserate and sympathize with our Muslim brothers and sisters’ loss of loved ones along Rukuba road from Bauchi state. As much as we condemn such mayhem on travellers, the attack at Zangam in Jos North of recent as a reprisal is unacceptable as it condemnable.
Unfortunately, despite governments call against hate speech we observe with dismay the inability of government to arrest and prosecute those who incite violence through their statements.
Though we wallow in the arrogance of being a religious nation, with clerics in turban, cassocks and collars and government officials wearing religious symbols as part of their dress code, these only furthers our mockery of the God that is lacking in our heart and absent in our actions in tolerance, and nation building.
Little wonder Nigeria is the only nation in the universe that spends billions annually on Christians and Muslims pilgrims to both Israel and Saudi-Arabia yet this religious exercise have not transformed our spiritual life nor added to our values as a people.
Over the years the North has become the breeding ground for terrorist and bandits as a result of systemic failure and indoctrination. Yet there was no checks or censorship on clerics owing to sentiments on both sides of the divide.
It is obvious that our government rewards repentant terrorists and militia than they are willing to rehabilitate and compensate families of victims and reconstruct settlement destroyed by terrorists.
While other regions grow with daily registration of pupils and students in schools, the North is closing down schools. While other regions are progressively graduating students with increasing opportunities for employment and industrialization, the North is daily counting the death and is further impoverished without industries or employment. To say the least, the common man is deprived of any form of means of livelihood thereby being the breeding ground for crime, militia and terrorist elements.
Our politicians choose to be politically correct as sycophants and stooges rather than upholding the constitution of Nigeria and the value we once valued and collectively cherished.
Rather than political power over the years be a blessing to the north it appears to be a curse despite the enormous abundant resources. Yet our leaders choose mediocrity rather than owning to the reality of gross failure as the people continue to live in penury.
ACIPA shall continue to thrive in the common hope that what gives us the courage and resilience to live above the odds of evil and government’s failure is our collective bond of unity, that binds victims of injustice, corruption and terrorisms to make Nigeria greater and better.
The source of Nigeria’s injustice is traced and evident in the 1999 Constitution just as the electoral process have been hijacked by money-bags and politicians who control both the judiciary and the security sectors.
No further evidence is required to be proven in the infiltration of our security system than the recent attack at the Nigerian Defense Academy Kaduna (N.D.A). Not only were officers abducted from their quarters but they were eventually killed. How can civilians be safe and protected when loyalty appears to be tilted based on sentiments and operational command depends on the sentiments of the superior rather than the reality on the ground.
Unfortunately, while there are calls for oversight and intervention by international communities over the sliding of Nigeria into a failed state, there are salient clamor for military intervention. Perhaps the Guinea experience of yesterday 6th September 2021 where civilians are on the side of the military speaks volume to our politicians.
It is important to reiterate that the review of the 1999 Constitution and the use of electronic voting and as well as transmission of election result at all level from wards to states and national is key to transparency in the 2023 election. Nothing short of these shall be acceptable.
ACIPA shall continue to abhor evil and condemn evil as we work in our faith towards a secured, peaceful greater Jos Plateau and Nigeria. This is our only commitment in honor of those who lost their lives on September 7th 2001, 2007, 2011 and this year 2021.
We are not unmindful of the complacency of government at all level to play politics as a result of sentiments and personal interest over the lack of will to accept the fact there were terrorist cells, sponsors and agents in Northern Nigeria since 2001.
We demand that government commence an immediate re-profiling of key government officials and all security personnel otherwise they canker worm will spread like a virus, derail our nascent democracy and finally end up as a failed state.
In conclusion, we commend the courage of true state men who remain bold and resolute in standing up for Nigerians and Nigeria irrespective of religion or region no matter whose Ox is gored.
Rev. Luke Shehu
Cc: Media Organizations
All Religious Leaders
Head, All Security Organizations