Wants President Buhari to stop killing
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rivers State chapter, yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers capital declared black Sunday while protesting the killing in the Southern Kaduna and other part of the nation.
By 2pm on Sunday, Christians in Rivers State under different churches had already gathered at Christ Church in Port Harcourt City Local government area of Rivers State where they move from to Rivers State Government House, singing and praying.
The protesters who were led by the leadership of CAN Rivers State chapter got to Government House and turned the place to prayer centre while waiting for the governor or any government officials to receive them.
After 30 minutes rolling on the floor of Rivers State government House gate, the governor representative, Engr. Emeka Woke, Governor Wike’s Chief of Staff came out to receive them.
Speaking on the reason that brought them to Government House Port Harcourt, the CAN Chairman, His Eminence, Primate Dr. Isaac Anyanasikike said they were confronted with the unpleasant choice of wading in the innocent blood of fellow compatriots of Southern Kaduna.
Anyanasikike said the killing of innocent Christians in southern Kaduna made them to come together as Christians in Rivers State to observe a “Black Sunday” and to let the world know that never again shall politics be played with the blood and properties of fellow compatriots.
He called on President Mohhamadu Buhari to rise and confront what he described as the hydra headed monster of Islamic Jihadists and bring the “satanic assignees to justice”
The CAN Chairman noted that the Federal government as matter of principle should begin the process of reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation and to pay full compensation to victims.
Anyanasikike said: “ We have declared today a black Sunday, and a national day of mourning occasioned by unending spate of sectarian killing in the Southern Kaduna and other parts of our nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.
“The horror perpetrated by the radical Islamic Jihadists which gave birth to this Black Sunday is more than culpable homicide. It is both genocide and an holocaust. We write to Mr. President with passion because we are aware that you were, and still a soldier who knows what defending a defenseless people is.
“We believe that by sending our protest letter through the governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, it will get to the President. It is our fervent prayer that God will strengthen and encourage our Christian brethren in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the nation.”
Responding, Governor Nyesom Wike who was represented by his chief of staff, Engr. Emeka Woke thanked the leadership of CAN Rivers State chapter for peaceful disposition during the protest and promised that Governor Wike will receive their letter and communicate with Mr. President.
Woke said: “When I heard that you were here, I contacted the Governor and he asks me to come and receive you on his behalf. You are welcome, once gain let me on behalf of his Excellency thank you on your peaceful disposition, of course I didn’t expect anything less than this.
“Though I know as men of God you know what is expected of you. I want to assure you that your message which you are sending through Governor Nyesom Wike must surely be delivered to President Mohammadu Buhari.”
“Let me also assure you that Governor Wike believes in one indivisible Nigeria, he believes in the rule of Law, he also believes in the freedom of association. In this state you have not seen any kind of disorder arising from religion activities because we believe that except God build the city the builders will be laboring in vain.”