The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State has reported a disturbing trend of violence against Christian communities in the region. Over the past four years, bandits have killed 23 pastors and forced the closure of 200 churches across the state.
The alarming statistics were revealed by Rev Joseph Hayab, the Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, during a meeting with Musa Garba, the Commissioner of Police, and pastors from different Church denominations from the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
In addition to the loss of life and closure of places of worship, over 215 Christians have reportedly been abducted by bandits in Birnin Gwani forest. The situation has created a climate of fear and uncertainty among Christian communities in the region.
During the meeting, Commissioner Garba emphasized that criminality has no religion and that anyone engaged in any act of criminality should be addressed as a criminal without profiling them by their religion, tribe or ethnicity.
The Christian Association of Nigeria is calling for urgent action to address this escalating crisis and restore peace and security to the region. The association is also urging for support to help rebuild the affected communities and provide assistance to those who have been displaced or affected by these acts of violence.
The situation in Kaduna State highlights the ongoing challenges faced by religious communities in Nigeria and underscores the urgent need for effective strategies to combat banditry and ensure the safety and security of all citizens.