ECWA Calls on FG to Prosecute Killer Herdsmen
It has also accused tertiary institutions in the North of denying Christians admissions to study professional courses an employment on account of their religious background.
The Church also said that contrary to the claim by the Federal Government that it had technically routed Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, the orgy of violence had increased going by the killing of residents on a regular basis.
ECWA stated these in a communiqué signed by the ECWA President, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado, and the ECWA General Secretary, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, and issued at the end of its 2017 ECWA Pastor quadrennial International Conference held at Karu, Nasarawa State recently.
In the 10-point communiqué, the church accused the federal and northern states governments of orchestrating what it described as “retrogressive plots against Christianity” through deliberate denials of candidates of Christian extraction admission into professional courses in tertiary institutions, especially universities.
Said ECWA: “We have noticed with great dismay the negative happenings in our country, especially the northern part of this country. It is the issue of admission into universities and other tertiary institutions, whereby qualified candidates are refused entry on the basis of their faith, especially into professional courses.
“This does not augur well for national unity nor does it promote the tenets of equity and fairness. Many Christians have complained and we see this happening in many universities and other tertiary institutions of the North. We challenge the federal and state-owned institutions to publicly publish the list of those offered admissions.”
It added: “Closely related to this is the issue of employment, where again, many qualified persons are denied employment on the basis of their faith. As a denomination, we condemn these practices and call on the Federal Government to check these happenings as they constitute a grave threat to the unity of our dear country”.
ECWA also supported calls for the restructuring of the country, describing the agitations as a “noble one”
adding that, as an indigenous church, ECWA was aware of the injustices that have created dissatisfaction among Nigerians and advised that the only way for the nation to maintain its corporate identity as one indivisible nation is to restructure and promote equity and the enforcement of the rule of law.
According to the Church, even though the restructuring might not necessarily be done in the way some people are suggesting Nigeria needs a restructuring that is entrenched on equity and honesty where everyone is treated equally.
On the spates of abductions and giving out of underage Christian girls into forceful marriages to people that are most times old enough to be their fathers, ECWA called on the Federal Government to check the trend which it described as “an evil practice.”
Speaking further on the activities of Fulani herdsmen, the communiqué emphasized thus: “The Fulani herdsmen emerged from nowhere and continue to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens in the central and other parts of this country. The silence of government in this regard leaves so much to be desired. It seems approval has been given by the government. If not, why has there not been any conviction in a court of law?
“The federal and state governments should be proactive and be up to their game of protecting lives and properties. A renowned Islamic leader, speaking on the Numan killings in Adamawa State, opined that the killings of the Fulani must be handled properly or else the worst could happen.
“As a denomination, we want to support the clamour for ranching rather than open grazing so as to reduce the constant clashes between the farmers and herdsmen.”
On recent happenings in the north-east, the communiqué observed that the North-East is experiencing an increase in the killings of people by Boko Haram terrorists who feel they have the right to take lives even without provocation.
“The government had informed the populace that it had curtailed the activities of this terrorist group. But it appears it has not been able to do so as the terrorist group continues to unleash their mayhem on innocent citizens in the north-eastern part of Nigeria,” it said.