The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), on Saturday in Abuja, protested attacks by bandits and kidnappers, threatening to resort to self-defence, if nothing is done urgently by the government.
YOWICAN also pledged collaboration with Muslims and Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC) towards peace building.
This is contained in a communique issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of YOWICAN, read by its national chairman, Belusochukwu Enwere.
The CAN youths also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all kidnapped victims and particularly, the students of the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State, who are still in captivity.
“YOWICAN shall continue to collaborate and work in concert with brothers from the Muslim faith to pursue the desired peace, unity and progress of the nation; and more particularly under the auspices of the Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC)”, Enwere said.
“YOWICAN decries the increasing rate of insecurity in Nigeria, yet commends the efforts of government and security agencies in combating the nefarious activities of bandits, killer herdsmen, insurgents etc.
“YOWICAN in the performance of Christian tenets and faith believes strongly in peaceful coexistence, but this piety should not be construed as cowardice, therefore kidnappers, bandits, killer herdsmen, terrorists and unknown gun men should not push Christian youths to the extreme, such as to make them consider deploying self defence strategies as the last option”.
He said YOWICAN observes the urgent need to curb the rising wave of attacks, killings, destruction of lives, properties, farmlands and livelihood of innocent citizens in the north states, and especially within Christian communities in Southern Kaduna.
On the 2023 Presidency, the Christian youths stated that rotation of the office will promote unity and togetherness.
He said: “As such the emergence of a Christian and youthful President come 2023 will be a true expression of equity, fairness and justice for Nigeria and Nigerians.”