As ACF regrets the North, now under siege

Abiodun OBA

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, has lamented that Kaduna, where huge security votes were being expended monthly, had turned out to be a mourning state as result of banditry attacks.

The state Chairman of CAN, Rev Joseph Hayab, who’s also the Vice-Chairman of CAN in the Northern States and Abuja, called on the Federal Government to do all it could to reverse the disturbing security situation across the state.

In a statement, Hayab, said, “CAN Kaduna State chapter mourns those who died in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack incident on Monday, March 28, 2022. Sadly, mourning is now an everyday ordeal in Kaduna even though we have a sitting government with huge security votes disbursed monthly.

“Besides, the train attack further amplifies the vulnerability the Kaduna people and everyone who does business in the state face due to the rise in banditry and terrorism.”

In a related development, the pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has condemned the terror attack, lamenting that the North was now under siege.

The ACF said it received with shock news of the tragic incident, which claimed no fewer than eight lives with several other passengers unaccounted for.

The Secretary-General, ACF, Murtala Aliyu, said the organisation was tired of crying out on the issue of security and other challenges in the northern part of the country.

It added, “The ACF has described as unacceptable the frequency of such attacks on our towns and villages, highways and now train tracks and airports. Currently, banditry and terrorism have excised the North and the major economic activities of the North-East and the North-West, with a new ploy to block the main gateway (Kaduna State) to the northern part of the country.

“It regrets that all efforts claimed by security agencies and governments at various levels have been unable to put an end to such banditry and terrorism.”

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