The organization reports that President Buhari invited the Muslim leader to the presidential villa and directed security agencies in the country to act fast to nab the killers.
In a separate attack on 24 August, armed assailants reportedly attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna at around 1 a.m., killing Lieutenant Commodore Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronkwo, and kidnapping Major Christopher Datong, who is from Plateau State.
According to the leadership of CSW, Kaduna State is currently an epicenter of kidnapping and banditry activity, with the Southern part of the State having suffered relentless attacks since 2011.
“The Atyap Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf LGA in Southern Kaduna has seen a surge in attacks since July, despite having a joint military and police camp located 3km from the main town. Reports are still emerging of attacks in the LGA during the evening of 26 August,” the organization says in its August 27 report.
The organization details that on August 22, 17 people were killed, an unknown number were injured, and several houses were torched in Mabushi, outside Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. According to CSW, most of the victims were women and children.
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The leadership of the international Christian entity has also reported heightened insecurity in Northwest Nigeria, where attacks by diverse armed gangs largely of Fulani ethnicity primarily target predominantly Hausa Muslim farming communities.
The Christian organization reports that in the president’s home state of Katsina, 32 out of 34 LGAs are under siege, including the State capital.
CSW has applauded the courage of Commodore Kunle Olawunmi, a former member of Nigerian military intelligence, who in a landmark television interview highlighted the “religious and socio-cultural” source of the current security challenges, and raised the issue of individuals currently in high office who have allegedly sponsored this violence.
On Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily program, Mr. Olawunmi said the source of Nigeria’s current security challenges was “religious and socio-cultural.”
He added that the “centre of gravity of Boko Haram and insurgency in Nigeria are the sponsors,” and that several of them are in the present administration, the Senate and are serving as governors.
He also observed that insecurity was continuing because “this government does not want to solve this problem. They are escalating it because of tribal and religious sentiment.”
CSW President, Mr. Mervyn, has described the situation in Nigeria as a thorny issue that must be confronted and addressed as a matter of urgency.
“The unprecedented levels of violence and criminality are taking an enormous toll on Nigerian citizens. They deserve far better. We therefore reiterate our call for international pressure to be brought to bear on the Nigerian authorities to galvanize them into securing the nation and ensuring protection for all citizens, regardless of creed or ethnicity,” Mr. Mervyn said.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.