The Police in Adamawa State have stopped a peaceful protest organised by the state Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
The protest called by the CAN Chairman, Adamawa State, Bishop Stephen Mamza, on Wednesday drew a large turnout from Christians who trooped to St. Theresa Catholic Church, the venue initially planned for the take-off of the procession.
But Mamza, shortly before the take-off of the protest scheduled for 9am told the congregants who had turned up for the protest that the police had canceled it.
CAN said the protest was to draw the government’s attention to the protection of human lives whether Christian, Muslim or Fulani. He gave an instance of the recent attacks in Mayo-Belwa which claimed the lives of several Fulani.
CAN also spoke against the Federal Government’s neglect of the state on matters of security. It said the FG’s silence was disturbing because the killings have not abated.
Mamza who said the procession would have afforded the church the opportunity to present its petition to the State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, who will then pass it on to President Muhammadu Buhari, was refused the permission for the peaceful procession.
“The police have refused to grant us the permission but they cannot refuse us access to God. The police have no authority to stop us access to God.”
The Adamawa State Chapter of the Christian Association Of Nigeria(CAN) held a mega peaceful protest against the systematic annihilation and killings targeted against Christian faithfuls and the deliberate exclusions of these overwhelming developments in the state in our national conversation.
The protest held on August 1, starting off from the premises of the St. Theresa Catholic Church, Yola at 8:00am 2018, drew thousands of participants from different local government areas of the State.
The peaceful protest is said to have reached the gate of the government House in procession where the christian community through its leadership have registered its grievances to the state and Federal Government on the incessant and wanton killings of Christians in regions that are predominantly Christians.
It will be recalled that few months ago, the government in crass violation of
constitutional provisions deployed its full weight to stop the previously proposed
three million peaceful march organised for the same purpose by a coalition of NGOs and in the process detained one Stanley Mijah and and one Ajine as an attempt to crush the protest after all conditions were met.
The christian community in the state are becoming
increasingly worried over the uncontrolled spate of killings of Christians in the state and the perceived conspiracy against them as evidenced by the overwhelming conspiracy of silence and the absence of the issues of Adamawa Killings in the nation’s public space and discourse.