Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has accused the federal government of turning a deaf ear to the cries of the people of southern Kaduna.
There has been a series of attacks in the area with many lives lost and properties destroyed.
Hayab, during an indoor protest organised by CAN on Sunday, alleged that the federal government has not done enough to stop the attacks.
“The presidency should stop speaking for the bandits that are out to wipe out the people of southern Kaduna,” he said.
“It is sad and embarrassing that the Department of State Service and the Nigeria police force made security so cheap under the current political dispensation by arresting individuals but failed to send troops to root out bandits. The federal government should stop being the spokesman of the bandits.
“If government can send security personnel to arrest somebody in Sokoto, Port-Harcourt. If they can send that to southern Kaduna, peace will come to the state. We have challenges of killings especially in southern Kaduna. The development become bad. We have cried out but what we see happening is that government, instead of listening to our cry and attending to our cry, seems to be speaking for the killers.
“So, we said since we don’t have anybody to speak for us, we called on Christians, declaring a whole month (August) every Sunday like this, we meet and speak to ourselves and expressed our grievances to the entire world.
“We are all simply saying, stop the killings. We don’t want any thing or favour from them. The constitution of the country said government should protect us but we seemed not to be protected.”
Hayab said if the government wakes up to its responsibility of protecting the citizens and chase out the killers, there will be peace in southern Kaduna.