President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria to discuss issues bordering on the interest of the nation.
The meeting which was at the instance of Buhari was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking shortly after the meeting with Buhari, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Sampson Ayokunle, told State House Correspondents that the major issues discussed included the poor state of security in the country and the need for Nigeria to withdraw from international organisations.
He added that CAN also spoke on the need to ensure that the constitution of the country was strictly adhered to and that workers’ salaries were paid promptly.
His words: “’We have the problems of kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen attacks, militancy is also on the increase, about 300,000 police cannot police a nation of about 200 million people, even if they are given the best of equipment.
“There are lots of young people who are ready to work. Government should therefore vote more funds for security.
“We also advised the government to address the issue of Fulani herdsmen squarely.”
Speaking on the opposition of the Christian leadership to the Sukuk bond introduced by government for the financing of some federal roads, Ayokunle said: “As I said before, there wasn’t any demon in Sukuk bond. But what was wrong is the constitutionality….
“What is wrong is for the government to be the one who will be promoting it and initiating it. It was a violation of the constitution.”
Ayokunle spoke generally of the meeting with the president, saying that they were humbled by the disposition of the president.
He said such a meeting with the president would make people want to contribute positively to the government.
He said CAN had been vocal to ensure that the country moved on well.
According to him, “the people that don’t talk are the enemies of the nation. When you see things going wrong, you quickly speak out so that they can be corrected, so that the nation can move together as one.”