The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State on Saturday, called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) led Federal Government to call Governor Nasir El-Rufai to order over his threat of hiring foreign mercenaries to combat terrorism in the state.
Such statement, the CAN argued, could further heighten the presence of bandits across the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to the Chairman of CAN in the state, Reverend Joseph Hayab, if any other Nigerian had made or mute such idea, by now such fellow would have been under arrest or accused of undermining security agencies or the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Hayab wondered if there was any portion of the Nigerian Constitution that empowered any officeholder apart from the Commander-in-Chief, to invite a foreign combatant into the country, adding that it was a similar strategy that El-Rufai allegedly employed years back that led to the escalation of the current insecurity across the state today.
In a statement titled, ‘what mercenaries is Governor Elrufai Inviting?,’ the CAN leader urged the federal government to call the governor to order before his excesses would lead Nigeria to bigger problem ahead of the 2023 general elections.
To the CAN, Hayab who’s also the association Vice-Chairman in the Northern states and Abuja said the association would continue to pray and urged Nigerians to watch out for any direction that could harm the country.
The statement read: “The attention of CAN Kaduna State has been drawn to newspapers stories making rounds that Governor, Mallam Nasir Elrufai, threatens to deploy foreign mercenaries should the federal government fails to combat bandits, and end terrorism.
“While CAN agrees that terrorists have had a field day, CAN reckon that if any other Nigerian had made or muted such an idea in public space, such would have been accused or arrested by the government for undermining the security agencies and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
“Accordingly, CAN doubts if any section of the Nigerian Constitution allows any officeholder, apart from the C in C, to invite a foreign combatant into the country.
“Moreover, it was a similar strategy that Elrufai employed years back when he claimed to have compensated some herdsmen, which led to the escalation of the security situation, particularly in Kaduna state.
“For CAN, the approach to give gunmen money so that they would stop attacking the populace has backfired and Kaduna state is paying dearly for such a miscalculation at present.
“The federal government should, therefore, call Elrufai to order before his excesses lead Nigeria to a bigger problem especially since the general elections are around the corner.
“CAN acknowledge that what Nigeria needs currently is a sincerity of purpose from all stakeholders and the citizenry towards finding lasting solutions, not subjective statements that could further heighten the presence of bandits in Nigeria.
“CAN will continue to pray and urge citizens to be on the watch against any erroneous direction that could do this country no good but harm.”
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