The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Ayokunle, has said that Nigerians would only begin to respect the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari when insecurity is tackled.
The cleric also urged the president to unearth the source of arms allegedly used by herdsmen to perpetrate killings across the country.
The CAN leader made these known while addressing reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Tuesday.
Ayokunle further urged the president to review the security architecture of the country to halt the incessant killings.
He said, “The update is that killings still continue and our efforts are not enough yet. We have begun to leverage with all stakeholders within and even outside Nigeria because the killings have even become an international problem; it has spread beyond Nigeria to Cameroun.
“The herdsmen and Boko Haram, they are combining together and it is difficult now to separate the herdsmen from Boko Haram. On Sunday night again they attacked some communities in Adamawa state; they rode motorcycles the way Boko Haram usually do and they started shooting and killing people.
“The major thing is that government must wake up; they have all it takes to stop these things; we have committed the resources of the nation, the management of the nation into their hands to be able to procure ammunition to deal with them; they have the t intelligent services as you know.
“How do these people get their ammunition supplied? Why is the government unwilling to unearth all these things? Nigerians cannot be just slaughtered like chickens. The soul of every Nigerian is important and valuable before God, it is a shame what is happening and when we talk like this it is not because we hate government but government must be responsible. Government will earn our respect when it performs its duties.
“I have gone to Aso Rock and presented papers to Mr President on the issue of security architecture. We cannot sleep with our eyes closed when the security apparatus as it were appears to be in the hands of only one religion; when the apparatus appears to be in only one region of the country. It has never been like that in the history of this nation and that must be reviewed. And the security architecture must be reviewed also because they have proved ineffective.”