Thursday, September 15, 2011
Let Nigeria carry guns around for safety - Pastor Oritsejafor
National president, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to allow Nigerians to carry arms to defend themselves as a panacea to the raging crisis in Jos, Northern Nigeria.
Worried by the new dimension the crisis had assumed in recent times which has led to the killing of over 52 persons including pregnant women and children within 10 days, the CAN president said Jonathan must
reassure Nigerians that he has the capacity to guarantee their safety in any part of the country by urgently halting the madness taking place in Plateau State.
According to Oritsejafor, the president must stop the orgy of ethnic cleansing or accede to recent calls for all Nigerians to carry arms.
Angered by the reports of two bomb blasts at five minutes interval in parts of Jos metropolis which left three persons hospitalised, the CAN president wondered what country on earth would accommodate eight violent attacks without taking decisive measures to stop what he described as “madness in Plateau State in the past one month.”
He lamented that scores of Nigerians have been killed by a bunch of rascals, saying that it appears the Federal Government has no answer to the growing terrorism in the country even after President Jonathanhad told the world that his government had identified the sponsors of the mindless killings in Jos.
Oritsejafor wondered whether the current development is part of the grand design by some disgruntled elements to make the country ungovernable for Jonathan, noting that Nigerians desired peace but “such peace could only come about through justice.”
“As a nation we cannot continue like this. There has to be a genuine demonstration of commitment to the collective development of the country through honesty of purpose,” he said.
He stated that the killing of innocent villagers could not assuage for electoral disadvantages, adding that if the government could no longer guarantee the safety of lives and property of Nigerians, then the National Assembly should immediately enact a law to make every Nigerian to carry arms for self protection.
Oritsejafor called on Jonathan to implement all the white papers of past panels of inquiry into the Jos crisis, adding; “Nigerians desire peace in every part of the country, but peace can only be built on justice. Until we see the need to tell ourselves some truth, it will be difficult for the country to actualise its dream of becoming one of the 20 most developed economies in the world in 2020.”
Also, Chairman of CAN, North Central and Abuja, Rev. Yakubu Pam, said the crisis in Jos had assumed a spiritual dimension and only the unity of the Church in Nigeria