Northern Sates & Abuja CAN Communiqu? Issued At the End of Quarterly NEC Meeting Held in Kaduna

Rising from the said NEC meeting, the following resolutions were passed and adopted

The federal government is commended for the noticeable improvement in electricity generation and distribution.The ongoing deregulation in the petroleum sector has also witnessed increased availability of products and the effort by the federal government is commendable. However, conscious measures should be put in place to ensure that these laudable achievements are not undermined.We commend the president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan for identifying with the yearnings of the masses by laying to rest the introduction of the Five thousand (N 5000) naira note by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN)We condemn in the strongest terms, the assassination of the Borno State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and the daily barbaric killing of other citizens in Borno and Yobe States. We especially condemn the recent killing of innocent Christians in Bauchi by the enemies of the Nigerian nation.The meeting noted with displeasure the lopsided composition of the Northern States Committee on Reconciliation, Healing and security, in which Christians are only 11 out of the 41 man committee. We therefore call that if the committee is meant for the purpose which we are being made to believe, then, there should be an equitable representation so that its findings and recommendations will be accepted to all concerned.The meeting viewed with great concern, the practices by governments of taking over lands from peasant and designating them as grazing reserves for Fulani herdsmen who, more often than not, turn out to be a menace to the local communities within which such reserves are carved. In some states, such reserves are reported to have provided safe havens for foreign armed bandits and election riggers.We call on Mr. President to further demonstrate enough political will in stamping out corruption in public offices, particularly government parastatals and agencies. Corruption has hindered the development and sustenance of many promised projects which would have provided gainful employment for our teeming youths.We congratulate the leadership of the 17 Southern States of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for their inauguration and pray that we will cooperate in ensuring the protection of the interest of the church in Nigeria and democratic yearnings of the Nigerian people.We commend the CAN president, Pastor Ayo Oritseajafor, for all personal and corporate steps taken so far to curb the menace of Boko Haram in the country. Boko Haram is a product of a fanatical theology of hatred and intolerance. We have been living with the poor since the fall of man. Let it be clearly emphasized that the church in the North will continue to march on, no matter the rage against her and the gates of hell shall never prevail.

SIGNED

Bro. Sunday Oibe

Public Relations Officer

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