By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
Amidst the lingering insecurity bedeviling the Nigerian state, the joined Association of Congress of Northern Nigerian Christians (CNNC) and Northern Christians Elders Forum (NOSCEF) have called on governments at all level to protect the lives and properties of the citizenry.
The Bauchi state Chairman of Congress of Northern Nigerian Christians (CNNC), Dr. Timothy Ishaya Gwami made the call shortly after a stakeholders meeting in Bauchi on Thursday.
He said that the aim of the meeting was also meant to remind Nigerians on the importance of peace and unity in the country.
Dr. Timothy also said that the county need leaders who knows what unity stands for, noting that a nation finds its security in the strength of its leadership.
The leader of the group noted that it was high time that Nigerians remain steadfast to God in prayers and continue to support the peace building projects initiated by the groups.
According to him, religious leaders also have a great role to play to strengthen peaceful co-existence among the citizens.
Dr. Gwami however, advised the religious leaders to continue to preach peace and eschew from preaching violence to their members.
In his contribution the state Chairman of Nerthern Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF) Reverend Timothy Dogari, condemned the recent attack across the the country.
While describing the attacks as worrisome, the Clergyman urged the citizens not to panic but remain focus to God in prayers.
According to him, the country needs leaders, who know the benefit of unity and peace that will engender progress and development.
He said maintained that when leaders begin to look for ways they can benefit from their position, things begin to fall apart.
He challenged the leaders to stand up to their responsibilities and saved the future of the country.
According to him, the joined groups have decided to embark on peace building project and voter education education campaign on the need for Nigerians to obtain Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to enable them vote for credible leaders who would address their yearnings and aspirations.
The cleric who explained that Youth participation globally has been empirically established to improve and strengthen good governance, said their fresh insight and contemporary knowledge of thevsociety, technology and cultures can bring effectiveness and efficiency to governance at the grassroots.