Christian Leaders in Nigeria Appeal for an End to Frequent Kidnappings, Insecurity

Taraba State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Credit: CAN

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nigeria’s Taraba State have called for an end to cases of kidnappings and insecurity in the State.

In a  Wednesday, October 25 statement that CAN Taraba Chapter Chairperson, Rev. Isaiah Magaji Jirapye, signed, members of the Christian entity that includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) say they are “saddened with the nefarious activities of kidnappers which are targeted on Christian clergymen and their families.”

“It would be recalled that recently kidnappers stormed the residence of a clergyman with ECWA church in Mile six, Jalingo and many other clerics,” CAN members in Tabara State say.

They add, “The abductors made it clear that the clergy was their target. Again, another clergy with the CRC-N was abducted in his station at Tudun Haske, a village in Donga local government area of Taraba State alongside his family members and others.”

“CAN condemns this nefarious act and calls on the government to make security to the life and properties of Christian clerics a top priority as now they are the soft target of the kidnappers,” the Christian leaders say.


They continue, “CAN is worried that local Communities and villages are no longer safe as they are attacked frequently by these bad elements without caution and regard to humanity.”

“This must not be allowed to continue to happen, the government should prioritize the security of the local communities across the state,” Christian leaders in Tabara State say.

CAN members in Tabara State further say, “Security presence should be felt in the local communities. The people should support security agencies with intelligence that will uncover the hideout of the criminals in their midst.”

They note that “the need for prayers for the mercy of God upon the land cannot be overemphasized.”

Christian leaders in Tabara State call on “believers to raise family altars and cry to God for a permanent solution to banditry and kidnapping in our vicinity.”

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Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.