Senator for Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, Sen. Shehu Sani says insurgents in the North-East are deliberately attacking churches and clerics to provoke sectarian crisis in Nigeria.
He stated this in a tweet on Monday, in apparent reaction to Boko Haram attack on Garkida community in Gombi LGA of Adamawa State on Friday.
In the attack, the insurgents reportedly burnt down a police barracks, a police station and two churches – the Living Faith Church and the Ekklesiyar Yan ’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), also known as Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
Recall that the insurgents also last month abducted and beheaded the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika LGA of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi.
Sani said that these attacks were capable of plunging the nation into religious crisis if not addressed.
He called on the government to either create a special protection unit for the churches or permit the arming of the churches’ private security guards.
Sani wrote, “The continued condemnable targeting of Churches and the Clergy in the North East by the insurgents, in order to trigger a sectarian crisis, demands that special protection unit need to be deployed to protect worshiping centers, or their private guards be permitted to bear arms.”