Leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described Fulani herdsmen in the southern part of the country as mercenaries and armed bandits.
The apex Christian body kicked against a suggestion for the establishment of grazing reserves for Fulani herdsmen in all parts of the country adding that such move portends “very grave danger to our national peace and security.”
CAN also warned state governments and other concerned authorities plotting to stop prayers and assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools across the country to have a rethink. It said such thoughts were “evil which must not prevail.”
The association, however, commended Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, for reversing what it described as “a wrong directive of an ambitious permanent secretary on this matter” and advised other state governments “involved in this ungodly directive” to take a cue.
The position of CAN is contained in a communiqué issued by its General Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake yesterday at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja.
“The fear of bomb attack or any such danger being given by some state authorities as the reason(s) for school children not to gather in prayer and learning is grossly misplaced and untenable. It is our candid opinion that government should provide adequate security where there are concerns of this nature.
“We commend the Governor Ayade for reversing a wrong directive of an ambitious permanent secretary on this matter and advise other state authorities involved in this ungodly directive to take a cue.”
Speaking on plans by the government to establish grazing reserves, Asake said: “CAN has observed with keen interest the ongoing national discussion over establishment of grazing reserves for Fulani herdsmen in all parts of the country. This proposal, if implemented portends very grave danger to our national peace and security.”