Lagos CAN Condemns Latest Plateau Attack, Calls for apprehension of perpetrators
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State has condemned the recent attacks on several communities in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government areas of Plateau State by persons suspected to be terrorists which has left over 150 persons dead.
In a release made available by the Special Adviser to the Chairman on Media and Strategic Communications, Rev. Oladapo Daramola, the Chairman of the Christian umbrella body in Lagos, Bishop Stephen Adegbite said the terrorist act is one too many and something drastic needs to be done. In his words, Adegbite said “to throw an entire Nation into mourning at a period that should be for rejoicing and celebrations is callous, sadistic and emotionally torturing. It is clearly an attempt to deal a major blow on the psyche of Nigerians especially the Christian community in Plateau State but they must have realised by now that they have failed. Our heart goes out to the families that lost their loved ones in these gruesome and brazen attacks and we assure them of our support and prayers.”
“This latest attack brings back very sad memories of the massacre at Dyemburuk, widely known as Dogo Na Hauwa in the same Plateau State in 2010 where over 500 people, mostly women and children were killed in a midnight attack. And as we speak, no one or group has been arrested or prosecuted for such an horrific act. We are however confident that Mr. President would not allow a repeat of this past failure. We are hopeful that the full scale investigation he has ordered would not be a wild goose chase. The perpetrators must be arrested and the full weight of the law must come down heavily on them as a sign of our readiness as a country to prevent any of such in the future.”
The cleric called on the Federal Government to make relief materials available for the households affected and vulnerable ones in those communities as this would cushion the effect of the attacks and give some form of succour to them.