The Yobe and Rivers State chapters of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Sunday protest what they termed as “genocide” executed on Southern Kaduna LGA residents by Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna.
A statement released by Rivers CAN chairman, Primate Isaac Anyanasikike, during the Port Harcourt, Rivers State protest said,
“We have declared today a black Sunday, and a national day of mourning occasioned by unending spate of sectarian killing in Southern Kaduna and other parts of our country bound in freedom, peace and unity.
“The horror perpetrated by the radical Islamic Jihadists, which gave birth to this Black Sunday is more than culpable homicide. It is both genocide and a holocaust.
“We write to Mr. President with passion because we are aware that you were, and still a soldier, who knows what defending a defenceless people, is.”
“Such killings and destruction of houses, churches and farmlands are unacceptable and, therefore, condemnable.
“No individual or group of persons, disguising as Fulani herdsmen, are permitted to take the law into their hands. So, we call on both the federal and the state government to investigate and ensure that those behind the killings are brought to book.
“Concerned authorities should also redouble their efforts in ending these killings and ensure that those affected are adequately compensated.”