“Pampering Boko Haram elements while victims suffer is misplaced priority”

The General Church Council, GCC of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA has said the decision made by President Buhari’s administration to de-radicalise and rehabilitate repentant members of Boko-Haram, with taxpayers money is ridiculous and a misplacement of priority.

The Church leaders also blasted the federal and Kaduna State governments on their handling of the killings in the country, especially the recent incidents in Southern Kaduna.

According to the leaders, It said, “no responsible government would want to be perceived as holding brief for terrorists, unless it is complicit,” and urged the Federal Government to redeem itself, apprehend and prosecute the assailants in Southern Kaduna, and ensure justice for the victims families.

In a communique issued at the end of the 67th annual GCC meeting of ECWA held at ECWA headquarters in Jos, Plateau State, signed by ECWA President, Rev. Stephen Panya Baba and Secretary-General, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, the Council condemned in the mindless killing of the indigenous Christians in Southern Kaduna over the past few weeks, stressing the killings have assumed a genocidal magnitude.

According to the communiqué, “The Council notes with grief the several attacks on Southern Kaduna Christian communities, which are the strongholds of ECWA, where over 120 persons including infants and women have been killed in the last two weeks alone, with scores injured and thousands displaced from their villages and farmlands by arm Fulani militia without any care from the Kaduna State and Federal Government.”

“No responsible government would want to be perceived as holding brief for terrorists unless it is complicit. Council advocates for a stronger collaboration between the government, the security agencies, and the entire populace to make for robust and rapid response for the protection of human lives and property.”

The Council also observed with dismay the huge resources being committed to the supposed de-radicalization and rehabilitation of the so-called repentant Boko Haram fighters by the Military, while millions of their victims are still languishing in deplorable IDP camps, and consider this not to be the best use of taxpayers’ and indeed a complete misplacement of priority.”

The council also called on the government to ensure accountability, prudence and transparency in management of its resources.

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