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CAN cautions against blaming IPOB for escalating security crisis in S’East

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

The Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra state chapter, has cautioned government and security agencies against pinning the recent escalating security crisis on the Eastern Security Network (ESN) operatives set up by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

The Anambra state chairman of CAN, Rev. Ndubuisi John, who was reacting to the recent upsurge in attacks on police and military personnel, as well as facilities in parts of the south east, over the weekend, argued that it would be wrong to single out a group or certain people for the security crisis rocking the country at the moment. According to him, it was not yet confirmed if the attacks were launched by members of IPOB.

“The Fulani herdsmen have been causing the havoc in Anambra state. Boko Haram also has been penetrating the state in disguise. We don’t know where the gunmen are coming from, whether within or from outside. It is a confused issue and governments should beef up security in the states,” the cleric said.

The CAN boss spoke further: “Insecurity is a hot matter in the country and has been going on since the past six to seven years ego and the government has been doing its best but has not been able to tackle the security matter to submission”

“The killings, maiming, kidnapping, banditry, among others have been so rampant in the North, so devastating. We have been thinking that Southeast has been quiet until recently when a surprise attack was made upon the Southeast and it was very terrible.”

“I stand to express my displeasure. I condemn such dastardly act. It is an action that is coming out at the peak of peace in the zone. This should not continue.”

He called on state governors to come up with a better plan to tackle it.  He prayed God to intervene and help to curtail the evil that has besieged the Southeast so that, “there will not be further destruction of the little beauty we have built over the years in Southeast.”

He stressed the need for the government to assure Nigerians through the media that it is in control of the situation.

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