A coalition of Northern clerics under the aegis of Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association, has asked the Federal Government to prosecute those arrested in connection with the serial killings in Plateau State.
The suspects were arrested by the former Commander of the Special Military Taskforce code-named Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe.
The organisation also demanded the prosecution of all Fulani leaders and their sponsors in the country, who had made provocative and inciting statements that culminated in the ceaseless killings by Fulani herdsmen.
The group noted that should the Presidency failed to do so, the 2019 general elections would be under serious threat.
The National President of ACIPA, Luke Shehu, tabled the demands on Friday at the headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nations in Jos during its second anniversary
He said Nigerians were not only witnessing the proliferation of light and small arms, emergence of Fulani militia and another splinter terror until the emergence of the Buhari’s administration.
Shehu also outlined some demands without which Northern Christians would work against President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections.
They include releasing the remaining victims of Boko Haram, including Chibok Girls and Leah Sharibu; winning the war against insurgency; depleting and neutralising Fulani militia and bringing perpetrators to justice.
Meanwhile, the President of the Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Pastor Abraham Olakunle, has said electing Christians into political offices is not compulsory.
Olakunle stated this at the just concluded national convention of the CPFN at the Apostolic Church National convention ground, Lagos, on Saturday.
He said, “I’m not in support of those that usually say you should vote for a Christians; everyone belongs to God. If anyone looks to God and really wants to meet the need of the people, they may vote for him. We have seen many people that are not Christians and they did well. I don’t want to start to give names.”
He also urged members of CPFN to vote for credible leaders and not be bothered about which political party they belonged to.
“Election is coming. Those close to politicians should always tell them to do what is good. This time round, I urge them not to vote for a party, but to see someone who will be useful to the people.”
Also speaking on the occasion, the National Secretary of CPFN, Pastor Emmanuel Awojide, urged Nigerians to vote for reliable leaders, stating that there was an absence of good leaders in the country.
Awojide also urged Nigerians to shun vote buying and selling, saying it was the cause of underdevelopment in the Nation.
He said, “Buying vote is buying doom for the nation, buying of non-credible people for the nation, and you pay for whatever you buy.
Therefore, we discourage buying of votes as a church, as a nation and as an individual. Buying of votes will worsen the affairs of this nation; we should therefore desist from buying.”