The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have described the incessant attacks on rural communities in the Northern part of Nigeria as entrenching division and mutual distrust among once friendly neighbours.
The northern chapter of CAN stated this in a communique released after a two-day peace summit held in Jos, Plateau State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Rev. Danjuma Byang, who read the communique, as saying that the impacts of the attacks ad been devastating on the rural communities with most of the victims either killed or maimed.
“Property worth billions of naira have also been lost to the protracted violence,” the communique added.
The participants challenged Christian leaders and the Church on the need for an in-depth understanding of the magnitude of the problem so as to come up with realistic options toward lasting solutions.
The communique also quoted participants as calling for fairness and transparency by law enforcement agencies charged with maintaining law and order, so as to win the support and confidence of the people.
CAN charged governments at all levels to entrench good governance and avoid hate speeches, injustices and other negative tendencies that could create more problems for the country.
NAN reports that the summit, with the theme “Sustainable Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria as a Panacea for Development: The role of Christian Religious Leaders”, had Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, as Guest Speaker.
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