- Governors of the 36 state across Nigeria have been asked to defend their territories
- The charge was given by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Oyo state over the banditry and challenges of insecurity in the country
- CAN leadership also alleged that the federal government has failed in its duty to protect lives and property of citizens
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Nigerian governors across all the 36 states of the country to defend their territories against banditry.
The chairman of CAN in Oyo state, Benjamin Akanmu, said the governors must rise up to the occasion and defend the lives and property of of residents in their area.
Speaking to journalists at his residence in Ibadan on Tuesday, August 13, Akanmu said the federal government has failed in their responsibility to protect Nigerians.
Akanmu said: “Looking at the situation we found ourselves now in Nigeria; the only alternative available to us as someone that God has entrusted into his hands the care of His people is to turn to Almighty God and our governors for protection of lives of every individual living in their various states."
Querying the statutory responsibilities of the federal government and the National Assembly on the current state of security in Nigeria, Akanmu said, a nation that cannot find solution to challenges faced by its citizens is a failed one.
“Nothing to hide again; the federal government has failed Nigerians; so also are those we elected to represent and fight for us," Akanmu said.
"A nation that could not find solution to insurgency that consistently claim lives of quite a number of its armies for more than two years is a failed nation.
"That could not have happened in a nation where lives of citizens are valued. Have we forgotten that those soldiers killed by the terrorists were children to some parents, breadwinners to some families and parents to some children?" he queried.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former commissioner of Police in Lagos state had alleged that politicians are behind the growing banditry and killings across states in the country.
Abubakar Tsav also urged the Nigeria Police and its leadership to focus in investigative antennae on politicians on the issues of banditry and crisis in states.
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