COCIN Expresses Concern over Attacks on Christian Communities in Plateau State and Southern Kaduna
The recent wave of attacks targeting Christians, their communities, and places of worship in some areas of Plateau State and Southern Kaduna has been deemed “troubling” by the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN).
In response to these developments, COCIN has called upon Christians residing in these communities to defend themselves within the boundaries of the law while remaining vigilant against unscrupulous activities.
The church has also emphasized that the renewed attacks on communities pose a significant threat to peaceful coexistence among citizens, necessitating urgent action by relevant authorities.
During the Church’s 103rd General Church Council meeting held in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Rev. Amos Mohzo, the President of COCIN, addressed the issue of insecurity in Nigeria. He expressed deep concern over the incessant killings, kidnappings, and destruction of lives and property by terrorists in various communities, particularly in Southern Kaduna, Bokkos, Mangu, Gindiri, Panyam, Barkin Ladi, Riyom, and other parts of Plateau State, stating that these attacks predominantly target Christians and their places of worship.
Mohzo highlighted that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, regardless of their religion or ethnicity. He condemned the recent attack on communities in Mangu Local Government, where innocent citizens were brutally killed and churches/houses were burnt down, deeming it a calculated and condemnable act. While appreciating the efforts of security operatives in Plateau State, he called upon the Federal Government to intervene promptly.
The COCIN President stressed the urgent need for action to address the reemergence of attacks on communities, expressing concern over the impact on peaceful coexistence in Plateau State. He urged Christian communities to remain resolute in self-defense within the confines of the law and to stay vigilant against suspicious activities.
Mohzo further appealed to the government to take decisive measures to end the attacks, bring the perpetrators to justice, equip and train security forces to effectively counter the threat posed by terrorists, enhance intelligence gathering and sharing to prevent attacks, and address the underlying causes of these incidents, including the issue of land grabbing by Fulani terrorists. He emphasized the importance of peaceful coexistence among all Nigerian communities despite religious differences.
The COCIN President advised citizens to report any suspicious activities to the authorities and promote peaceful coexistence within their respective communities. He called upon the General Church Council to dedicate three days (June 2nd to 4th, 2023) for fasting and prayers throughout the denomination to pray against the incessant killings and destruction of property in the North, particularly in Plateau State.
COCIN emphasized that seeking God’s intervention is crucial, especially during these challenging times marked by attacks by Fulani terrorists and land grabbing. The denomination aims to work together as a nation to address these issues and make Nigeria a safe and secure place for all its citizens.