Gov Ishaku Urges Christians To Rise Up,
Defend Themselves

By Andrew Ojih

— Jan 10, 2017 7:22 am

Taraba State governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku
has urged Christians across the country to
rise up and defend themselves against
terrorists before they are completely
Ishaku made the call yesterday in Jalingo
during a thanksgiving service organised by
the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN)
to celebrate new year and to pray for
victims of Southern Kaduna massacre and
other victims of terrorism across the
Ishaku, who was represented by the
Secretary to the Taraba State Government,
Mr Anthony Jellason, explained that the
deliberate and systematic massacre of
Christians in southern Kaduna, the North
East and other parts of the country by
terrorists over the years has called for
actions on the part of the people.
Ishaku said that the government cannot be
everywhere to defend people at all times
and so the people should embrace their
constitutional rights to self-defense to save
themselves from the evil clutches of
“I was at the site of the mayhem in parts of
Ardo Kola this morning and the level of
destruction there is unimaginable. A few
weeks ago, it was in Gassol, then Karim. We
are all aware of what is going on in
Southern Kaduna…
“The people must wake up from their
slumber and defend themselves. You can’t
just lie down and allow yourselves to be
annihilated by other groups. You have a
constitutional right to self-defense and now
is the time to use it. The government alone
cannot do it”. Ishaku said.
Meanwhile, the state chairman of CAN Rev
Benjamin Ube in his message to the people
called for intensified prayers for the people
of southern Kaduna and Christians all over
the country who “ have been subjected to
systematic attacks since 2009”.
Ube, who accused the Kaduna state
governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of
complicity in the killings in southern
Kaduna also noted that President
Muhammadu Buhari’s indifference to the
killings and destruction caused by Fulani
herdsmen sends a very dangerous signal
that needs to be checked urgently.
Ube advised the people to “match their
prayers with actions” as “faith is not only
theoretical but also practical and requires
action for full manifestation”.
He noted that the angels cannot come
down from heaven to fight for the people.
The thanksgiving service featured special
prayers of thanksgiving and various
intentions including prayers for a sense of
direction for the President, prayers against
bribery and corruption and for victims of
southern Kaduna killing.

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