By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The General Church Council (GCC) of the Church of Christ In Nations, COCIN rose from it 96th GCC meeting and fault federal government for planning negotiations with herdsmen, aimed toward compensating them.
“We observes with great dismay the news that the Federal Government negotiated with Mayatti Allah (MACBAN) and has offered them one hundred billion naira to appease them or for ranching. Calls on the government to be mindful of the constitutional provision prohibiting favouring one tribe or group over others.”
The church in a communique issued after it three day annual council meeting, held at it headquarters in Jos, also frown at alleged plans by President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressive Congress APC government to create exclusive radio station for Fulani herdsmen.
“We condemns the Federal government’s acquisition of a license for a Radio station exclusively for the Fulanis. It is divisive and contrary to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on preferential treatment of a certain tribe or people over others.”
The communiqué which was jointly signed by the COCIN President Rev Dr. Dachollom Datiri, and GCC secretary Dr. Amos Mohzo, expressed disappointment, the way and manner citizens are humiliated.
The clergymen are worried over increasing case of suicide in the country; it will be recalled that in Jos, the Plateau state capital, three cases of suicide were recorded within two days.
“We expresses concern over the increased suicide cases in the country in recent times. Calls on the church and government to create awareness to the populace on the need for contentment, perseverance and hope in these times of economic and social challenges.”
It expressed dissatisfaction over rising violence in some parts of central and northern Nigeria, leading loss of lives.
“We condemns in strong terms the recent attacks on some communities in parts of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno states by Kidnappers, armed bandits and Boko Haram. Calls on the Federal and state governments to take proactive measures to forestall these inhuman acts as human life is too precious to be wasted casually.
It added that “we enjoin government at all levels to take seriously their constitutional responsibility by restoring and rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons as many of them are left to fend for themselves in terms of feeding and accommodation.”
The communiqué stressed further that “decries the federal government’s nonchalant attitude towards the release of Leah Sharibu who has remained in the hands of Boko Haram because of her faith. Calls on the government to do all it takes to ensure her release and the remaining Chibok school girls.”
It used the avenue and call on the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong to use his position as the Chairman Northern Governors Forum to emphasize the need to uphold the rule of law and bring peace and stability in the Northern region.
The communique reiterates the need for her members to keep abreast with the vision and mission of the Church and her top goals for the year 2019.
On the ongoing election tribunals over 2019 elections across Nigeria, the denomination sue for justice for all.
“We call on the election petition tribunals to uphold the principle of Justice to all parties considering the fact that the number of election petitions this year is the highest in the history of elections in Nigeria.”