The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev’d Olasupo Ayokunle, at the weekend decried the Federal Government’s failure to address issues of wanton killings of Nigerians by suspected herdsmen and the Boko Haram insurgent groups, stating that herdsmen, Boko Haram and other militia groups seem to be more tactical than the country’s security agencies.
Ayokunle, who also is the President of Nigerian Baptist Convention, NBC, called on Christians, especially Baptists, to participate in politics, noting that Nigeria will only change when Christians take over leadership positions.
He spoke during the Rivers Baptist Conference International Camp Ground, Ndele, in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, during a pre-convention briefing, as part of events marking the year’s annual meeting of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, entitled, “Moving forward, building a great nation through effective Christian participation”.
Harping on the need for Christians to take up self-defence to survive in the country, he said, “lawyers have been speaking that the issue of self-defence is constitutional and also common sense, which may not be common, because if you see somebody coming with dangerous weapon to kill you and you say it is not constitutional to defend yourself, then you must be ready to lose your life.
“It is common sense that you defend yourself from danger that is coming; but if you think it is not good to defend yourself, goodluck.
“Don’t be naive. If these marauders appear to be more powerful than the government and they cannot save us from them, then we save ourselves.
“For about nine years now, these people have continued to kill and it appears like they have more guns and tactics than the security agents to be able to continue.
“How many of them have been arrested? How many of them prosecuted? Then if I allow them to take my life, I will be responsible for my foolishness.”
The CAN president maintained that the participation of Christians in politics is crucial, regretting that Nigeria was being governed by persons who do not have the fear of God and lack compassion and vision.