The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has stated that the insurgency, kidnappings and killings recorded across the country are evidences of the contention for Nigeria’s soul.
Speaking during a condolence visit to Adamawa state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over the killings of two of its prominent members; Michika CAN Chairman, Rev Lawan Andimi and a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN) Rev Denis Bagauri, the SGF said the security challenges confronting Nigeria is multi-headed.
Mustapha added that Nigerians should be united in prayer because “unless God watches over us, we watch in vain.”
“Several years ago, we started with Boko Haram in the Northeast. As we were making tremendous progress against Boko Haram, issue of armed banditry started in the Northwest. Then we faced intense herder/farmers clashes in the North Central. And of course kidnapping, which was alien to us not far back, became a huge concern across the country
“So, you can see that the security challenges confronting us as a nation is multi-headed. You deal with one, another erupts. There is a contention for the soul of our country.
“This is why a collective resolve of all of us as a people is very important to be able to deal with the situation.
“It is painful that we should have such killings which have set us back.”
Also speaking at the meeting, Adamawa State CAN Chairman Bishop Stephen Mamza said the SGF’s visit showed that President Buhari shared in their grief and was determined to do more to enhance security. He urged Christians and Muslims to be united in the fight against agents of discord.
We are confronted with a few people who claim that they are fighting for their religion. We know this to be untrue and we must resist this ploy to set Christians and Muslims against one another.”