The Evangelical Church Winning All on Friday has expressed shock over the killing of 472 persons in three States of Benue, Kaduna and Plateau by terrorists in the past one month.
In a communique issued at the end of its 70th General Church Council Meeting which lasted for five days in Jos, Plateau state, ECWA condemned the activities of the terrorists in the affected states and other parts of the country.
Describing the development as unacceptable, the communique jointly signed by ECWA Rev. Stephen Baba Panya and the General Secretary Rev. Yunusa Sabo Nmadu urged the government and the security agents to do everything within their power to stop the trend.
The Communique said, “On the insecurity in Nigeria, the Council frowned at the high and frightening levels of insecurity in Nigeria through banditry, kidnappings for ransom and ritual killing, incessant killings of innocent citizens by “Unknown Gun Men”, terrorism by especially Islamic extremists, and destruction of lives and property impunity by these underserved elements who are ravaging and forcefully occupying cities and in the nation with the inability of the government at various levels to Successfully tackle the menace and a few examples of such atrocities are the recent killing in the month of April 2023 of 68 people at Zangon Kataf and several other communities in Southern Kaduna; killing of 30 people in Agatu LGA; 250 people in Apa LGA, 75 people in Otukpo; 39 people in Guma LGA; making a total of 394 people in Benue state.
“Also killing of 10 people in Mangu and Bokkos, Plateau state and sacking of indigenous communities in the Middle-Belt States namely Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Southern Kaduna, Benue, and Taraba states.
“The council condemned the frequent assaults on security personnel in the line of duty by unidentified groups across the nation. Therefore, the government should improve the provision of security equipment and take adequate care of security personnel while also sieving the security outfit of bad elements and bringing the perpetrators of this heinous act to book.
“The council called on the Federal Government to rise up to her constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property and dealing ruthlessly with those responsible for these wicked acts, and to provide good governance characterized by transparency, integrity and accountability by constituting an atmosphere for employment of teaming youths of Nigeria so as to stem hunger, unemployment, illiteracy, corruption and religious extremism.”
The communique also expressed displeasure over the unprofessional conduct of some of the electoral umpires and security agents which to a very large extent, according to the council marred the overall outcome of the just concluded 2023 national and states general elections.
It also urged the National Population Commission “to be honest, just and equitable and justify the conduct of the forthcoming housing census exercise.