Attacks: Marauding Herdsmen Have Backing of Powerful Nigerians, CAN Chief Alleges

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  • Says no litigation after proposed CAN elections
    By Olakiitan Victor

    A chieftain of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Testimony
    Onifade, has alleged that the  superior firearms being used by the marauding herdsmen in
    recent times leading to the deaths of thousands of innocent Nigerians lends
    credence to the fact that they were being sponsored by some powerful
    Nigerians.

    Onifade, who is a Special Assistant to the CAN  Vice President, Rev
    Supo Ayokunle, said seeing many of the herdsmen carrying AK 47  and
    other sophisticated rifles underscored the level of their connections
    with powerful people.

    He therefore urged the federal government to arrest the
    sponsors and bring them to justice.

    On the proposed CAN election, during which a new set  of national leaders
    will be elected, Onifade, who is also the Chaplain of Government
    House, Osun State,  warned candidates against resorting to litigation
    after the polls, just as he advised the Electoral College to adhere
    strictly to the lay down rules .

    Speaking in Igede Ekiti at the weekend during a Baptist Church of
    Nigeria special programme held in the town, Onifade said : “What the
    Fulani herdsmen used to carry are sticks and  cutlasses, but today
    they paraded AK 47, where did they get it?

    “Their actions in recent  time were  barbaric and wicked. I can read
    political, tribal and ethnic colourations to the way they acted. I
    want to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari despite being a Fulani
    man cannot support such madness and  he shouldn’t also keep quiet.

    “But if he decided to keep quiet for too long, we in the  CAN we call
    him to order because no ethnic group has monopoly of violence”, he
    warned.

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