Governors of the 36 states of the federation have been charged to rise up and defend lives and properties of citizens within their territories from rampaging bandits.
The call was made on Tuesday by the Oyo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) which lamented the current security situation in the country.
In a statement issued by its chairman in the state, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, while addressing journalists at his residence in Ibadan, on Tuesday, CAN also queried the statutory responsibilities of the Federal Government as well as the National Assembly.
The statement by CAN reads; “Looking at the situation we found ourselves now in Nigeria; the only alternative available to us as someone that God has entrusted into his hands the care of His people is to turn to Almighty God and our governors for protection of lives of every individual living in their various states.
“Nothing to hide again; the federal government has failed Nigerians; so also are those we elected to represent and fight for us.
“A nation that could not find solution to insurgency that consistently claim lives of quite a number of its armies for more than two years is a failed nation. That could not have happened in a nation where lives of citizens are valued. Have we forgotten that those soldiers killed by the terrorists were children to some parents, breadwinners to some families and parents to some children?
“Overwhelming number of families have been torn apart through insurgency and violence, leaving thousands of single mothers struggling to provide for their families alone and many children without the love and care of their parents. Yet we did not see anything wrong because they were soldiers, but we are expecting protection from their colleagues that are lucky to still be alive.”
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