By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has asserted that the crisis in Southern Kaduna has awakened many Nigerians from their slumber about its seriousness and how to come up with possible ways of tackling the problem.
Speaking while on a visit to Mercy Camp, Zonkwa, the state chairman of CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, regretted that some people are playing politics with the crisis by giving it different narratives that are not.
Rev. Hayab, who was in company of other officials said they were in the camp to represent relief materials and to see for themselves what many of the victims were passing through but expressed joy that many have returned home to continue with life again.
“We should not allow this challenge create fear among us because if we allow it, there will be hunger, people will not be able to go to farm. Hope they (victims) will be able to put back structures and continue with life so that children will return back when schools are eventually reopen for classes,” he observed.
Rev. Hayab assured that believers should hold unto their faith, believing that after the calamity, comes blessings to the people.
“Persecuting and creating hardship will make us move forward in life. The present situation the Church has found itself should challenge people to look inward and do something better for a living,” he explained.
The camp manager, Rev. Gambo Waziri, thanked God Almighty for His faithfulness, stressing that the camp came about as a child of necessity having seen what mostly women and children were going through when their villages were attacked.
He said himself and others who gave themselves to cater for the victims of the crisis had to look inward to be able to meet the immediate needs of the people.
Rev. Waziri explained that the camp host 3,455 displaced persons, besides others that are staying with relatives in Zonkwa town always come to get what they would feed on.
He added that the camp had 58 pregnant women, 6 (six) have given birth but noted thattwo of the new born babies died.
He thanked people of Southern Kaduna and outsiders for their support and understanding for coming with their support to assist the displaced persons.