The Sunday attack by gunmen on innocent worshipers who went out for nothing but to worship and pray to God in a local church at Manini, Kaduna state, has been described as a challeng to the government.
Reverend Caleb Ma’aji, Secretary, CAN Kaduna state, in a statement on Sunday, said: “This is a challenge to the government, indeed a government that is unable to guarantee the safety of its citizens and their properties will be best termed a failed government”.
According to Ma’aji, their hearts are saddened over the sorry state of the security situation in “our dear state (Kaduna state)”.
The Secretary lamented, “It has grown so unfortunate and on a daily basis continues to grow worst with no appreciable resistance given the unholy terrorists who have continued to hold our dear state and nation to ransom.”
“Today 25th April 2021, innocent worshipers who went out for nothing but to worship and pray to God were attacked, a medical doctor and one other person killed, many members injured and others taken into captivity”.
“This is happening in a nation that her constitution allows freedom of religion yet this freedom is not guaranteed.
“CAN Kaduna State continue to wonder, what is the crime of innocent citizens, how come the terrorists appear more free and protected than the citizens?
“Our hearts go to the local church at Manini, the Nigeria Baptist Convention, and family members of the deceased.
“We are appealing to relevant agencies and praying for the safe release of the abducted members and indeed all others in captivity.
“We also enjoined all men and women of Goodwill to continue to wake up and do the needful before we are all consumed by the ongoing evil of Banditry and kidnapping that has hijacked our country especially Kaduna State.
“The Kaduna State Government and the FG should stop making noise about insecurity and simply act now before Nigerians will have no option than to turn to self-help”.