From Sola Ojo, Kaduna
Christian leaders, under Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association (SKCLA), have called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to investigate and end the continuous persecution of priests across the country.
The call was made in a statement by SKCLA Chairman, Emmanuel Nuhu Kure, while reacting to the news of the gruesome murder of one of the two kidnapped Catholic priests in Kafanchan Diocese, John Chietnum.
Kure, who lamented the rising cases of priests being kidnapped and, in some cases, killed by their abductors even after receiving ransoms, also tasked security operatives to always be proactive in their response to criminal activities instead of being reactive.
He described the murdered priest as one of the active members of the association who has contributed, in no small way, to giving direction to the Christian communities in the area.
SKCLA condoled with the Catholic community, especially the immediate family of the deceased priest, bishop and laity of Kafanchan Diocese over the loss and prayed to God to expose his killers and rescue those in the den of kidnappers.