The Taraba State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Thursday said the decay in Nigeria’s national values was responsible for the rising spate of killings and kidnapping across the country.
State Chairman of the association, Dr. Innocent Solomon in press statement issued in Jalingo to mark Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebration advocated for the immediate return of Nigeria on path of her core national values of discipline, patriotism, social justice and religious tolerance for peace and development.
Solomon said Nigeria must be a country of Law and Order. A country where sound moral values and democratic principles are upheld and respected.
“As we mark Democracy Day, CAN Taraba State seeks for a return to the path of our national values. We must show love to one another and be willing to sacrifice for our country.
“We must be fair and just in the treatment of people by ensuring equal opportunities to all irrespective of religious, political or ethnic differences.
“As a people we must respect the religion of others and tolerate one another for the peaceful coexistence, progress and development of the country. No Nigerian should be oppressed or discriminated on the basis of religion, tribe or social background,” the statement added.
While condemning Kaduna State
Governor Nasir El Rufai’s new law which criminalizes any person who plays religious cassette or uses a loud speaker for religious purposes between 11:pm and 4:am in the state, CAN said the Law was aimed at banning worship mode and fellowship by Christians in the state.
The statement explained that by implication, Christians were banned from Christmas, Easter and other night vigils in the state and called for the repeal of the law.
“Nigeria is a secular state and the Constitution guarantees freedom of worship, peaceful assembly and association.
“The draconian law is inimical to democratic process and dangerous to our democracy. The law should be repealed and allow Christians and other religious faithfuls practice their religions without hindrance.” the statement added.