CAN youths raise concern over alleged killing of Christians

The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, on Saturday, drummed up support for rotational presidency in the 2023 general elections, saying the slot should be given to the South to ensure equity and fairness.

YOWICAN also demanded the immediate release of students of Bethel Baptist Academy in Kaduna, being held captive, warning kidnappers and bandits to desist from perpetrating evil or its members would resort to self-defence.

The organisation, which decried the increasing rate of insecurity in the country, said rotational presidency, especially along religious lines, would promote unity and concord in the country.

The National Chairman of YOWICAN, Belusochukwu Enwere, stated this while reading a communiqué, following a two-day high-level National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja.

Reiterating the non-partisan stance of YOWICAN, Enwere argued that the emergence of a youthful Christian president in 2023 would be a true expression of equity, fairness and justice.

He said, “YOWICAN asserts that rotation of the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will promote unity and concord. As such, the emergence of a Christian and youthful president, come 2023, will be a true expression of equity, fairness and justice for Nigeria and Nigerians.

“We decry the increasing rate of insecurity in Nigeria, yet commend the efforts of the government and security agencies in combating the nefarious activities of bandits, killer herdsmen and insurgents.

“Despite the efforts so far made in combating crime, we observe the urgent need to curb the rising wave of attacks, killings, destruction of lives, properties, farmlands and livelihood of innocent citizens within the northern states, specifically within Christian communities in Southern Kaduna.”

Enwere also noted that YOWICAN, in line with the Christian tenets and faith, believed strongly in peaceful coexistence, but warned that such piety should not be construed as cowardice.

“Therefore, kidnappers, bandits, killer herdsmen, terrorists and unknown gunmen should not push Christian youths to the extreme, such as to make them consider deploying self-defence strategies as the last option,” he added.

He, however, assured the public that YOWICAN would continue to collaborate and work in concert with Nigerians of the Muslim faith to pursue the desired peace, unity and progress of the nation, and more particularly, under the aegis of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council.

“YOWICAN remains the only umbrella organisation of Christian youths and church-based youth organisations in Nigeria. As such, we should be accorded the requisite recognition and support by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development and all other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, non-governmental organisations and corporate organisations,” Enwere said.