Kaduna, 19 September, 2021 / 6:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Nigerian government’s lack of strictness in dealing with militia groups is behind the security failures in the West African nation, the leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has said.
In a Tuesday, September 14 report, the leadership of CSW bemoan multiple cases of banditry that seems to target Christians in Nigeria’s Kaduna State since July.
“Nigeria is currently failing due to the seeming unwillingness of Federal and State authorities to respond swiftly and decisively to the existential threat posed by militia violence while peaceful political dissent or expressions of concern about democratic backsliding and insecurity meet with an unnecessary show of force,” the Founder President of CSW, Thomas Mervyn, says in the report.
Mr. Mervyn who was speaking hours after a Catholic Priest was kidnapped and a Pastor killed, allegedly by members of the predominantly Muslim Fulani militia in Kaduna State is quoted as saying, “Nigerian officials have done woefully little thus far, and that this has allowed impunity to thrive and enabled this violence to metastasize.”
Fr. Benson Yakusak Luka, the Parish Priest of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church Achuna-Sarki in Zangon Kataf LGA within the Diocese of Kafanchan was kidnapped by armed assailants on September 13.