The Kaduna chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has slammed the Nigerian Army’s bombing of Tudun Biri, in Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State in error, noting that the bombing left no fewer than 30 villagers dead on Sunday.
Also, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, said it was unfortunate that the military, whose primary responsibility is to save lives and properties is now the one killing defenceless civilians.
The CAN said it is saddened by the sad news of a wrong-target bombing carried out by the Nigerian Army on the villagers while celebrating the Maulud.
According to the state chairman in Kaduna, Rev. John Hayab, the wrong target bombing is most unfortunate, especially as it comes at a time when the security agencies and Nigerians alike are working tirelessly to ensure that our society is free from criminal elements that go about killing, abducting, rustling cattle, and destroying property of innocent citizens.
The CAN chairman also encouraged the Muslim community (Ummah)and the good people of the Tudun Biri area to accept the ill-fated incident not as a deliberate act but as an error that the Nigerian Army has acknowledged and shows regret.
The CAN leader prayed that such an unfortunate incident would not repeated in the future, whether in Kaduna state or any part of the country.
“CAN will continue to pray for the government at all levels and the security personnel that God Almighty will give them the wisdom and understanding to end insecurity and support the maintenance of peaceful coexistence so that citizens will go about their legitimate businesses.
“CAN calls on the security agencies not to relent in the fight against insurgency and prays that society will soon be freed from criminal elements in the country.
“CAN sends its heart-warm condolences to the families who lost loved, ones, the Tudun Biri community, and the good people of Igabi Local Government, the Emir of Zazzau, and the government of the state.
“While CAN prays for the repose of the souls of those who died in the incident, she prays for a speedy recovery for receiving treatment due to injuries sustained.”
Meanwhile, AYCF National President, Shettima Yerima, called on the government to carry out a thorough investigation on the matter, adding that the killing was unacceptable.
He said the perpetrators of the so-called mistake must be made to explain beyond reasonable doubt how religious people carrying out religious activities could be mistaken for terrorists.
“While we commiserate with families of those who were killed, we pray to God to give speedy recovery to the injured
“Enough of this unwarranted killing of innocent people by those who should protect them,” he declared.