The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says Sunday’s attack on a church in Kaduna was the handiwork of “unholy terrorists”.
Armed bandits attacked Haske Baptist Church at Manini village, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State around 9 am.
Secretary of CAN in Kaduna state, Reverend Caleb Ma’aji lamented that innocent worshipers who went out for “nothing but to worship and pray to God were attacked, a medical doctor and one other person killed, many members injured and others taken into captivity”.
He said that the Christian body was saddened by the sorry state of security in Kaduna.
“It has grown so unfortunate and on a daily basis continues to grow worst with no appreciable resistance given the unholy terrorists who have continued to hold our dear state and nation to ransom,” Ma’aji said in a statement.
The CAN scribe said it was worrisome that “this is happening in a nation that her constitution allows freedom of religion yet this freedom is not guaranteed.
“CAN Kaduna State continue to wonder: what is the crime of innocent citizens? How come the terrorists appear more free and protected than the citizens?
“This is a challenge to the government, indeed a government that is unable to guarantee the safety of its citizens and their properties will be best termed a failed government.
“Our hearts go to the local church at Manini, the Nigeria Baptist Convention, and family members of the deceased.
“We are appealing to relevant agencies and praying for the safe release of the abducted members and indeed all others in captivity.
“We also enjoined all men and women of Goodwill to continue to wake up and do the needful before we are all consumed by the ongoing evil of Banditry and kidnapping that has hijacked our country especially Kaduna State.
“The Kaduna State Government and the FG should stop making noise about insecurity and simply act now before Nigerians will have no option than to turn to self-help,” Ma’aji’s statement further read.