by Azeez Adeniyi
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Reverend Olasupo Ayokunle, has urged the Federal Government to prosecute herdsmen arrested for killings in Kaduna and Benue states.
He spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, during a special service held at the First Baptist Church (Miracle Cathedral).
Ayokunle said tensions will reduce if the suspected killers are persecuted.
He warned that failure to stop the unprovoked killings by suspected herdsmen in some parts of the country could spark off war in the country.
He said, “There is a need to pray more for Nigeria because it is only prayers that can save us. Let us continue to pray for the leadership of this country. But I want to urge the government to check the menace of the herdsmen in some parts of the country.
“We are calling on the Federal Government to prosecute the herdsmen arrested in connection with the recent killings in Benue and Southern Kaduna because this will ease tension in the two states.
“We also want the Federal Government to investigate, through intelligence gathering, those unpatriotic Nigerians supplying the herdsmen with weapons being used to perpetrate evil.
“If the government fails to stop the provocation by the Fulani (herdsmen), they should be prepared for war. No ethnic group has a monopoly of violence and no ethnic group should be a monster to others.”