On behalf of the national leadership of The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), I express our deep condolences to the victims and the Kaduna State Government following the tragic incident of mistaken targeting in the Tudun Biri community, Igabi Local Government of the State. This unfortunate event has resulted in a significant number of casualties, and our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families during this difficult time.
We recognize that the Nigerian Armed Forces have been continuously combating terrorism within our nation. Furthermore, we commend the Armed Forces for their unwavering commitment to the fight against terror in Nigeria. However, it is crucial that restraint is exercised, particularly when intelligence reports are not definitive. We appeal to the Armed Forces to prioritize the safety of civilians and ensure that proper precautions and measures are in place to avoid similar incidents in the future.
In order to prevent the recurrence of such unfortunate incidents, it is essential that they be equipped with more accurate surveillance technology and intelligent devices. These advancements will enhance their ability to differentiate between terrorist threats and innocent civilians, thereby minimizing collateral damage.
CAN reiterates its unyielding support for the Federal Government in its ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. It is imperative that these efforts extend beyond the affected regions and address emerging cases of terrorist activities and criminality in other parts of our nation. As an organization, we believe in the constitutional responsibility of the government to ensure the security and welfare of the Nigerian citizenry. Therefore, we urge the government to prioritize the safety of its people and take necessary actions to curb terrorism nationwide.
We appeal to all interest groups, be it political or religious, to refrain from capitalizing on this tragic incident for personal gain. The focus should remain on supporting the affected communities and working together to prevent future occurrences.
Finally, CAN remains committed to fostering unity, peace, and the overall wellbeing of the Nigerian people. We stand with the affected victims and their families during this challenging time, and we pray for healing and comfort.
May God bless Nigeria.
Archbishop Daniel Okoh
President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)