The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) says it is upset over Sunday's church shootings in Ozubulu, Anambra State that left scores dead.

The NUJ in a statement signed by its national secretary, Shuaibu Usman, said the level of insecurity in Nigeria is a threat to democracy.

The statement reads in part, "This is a clear sign of danger to Nigeria’s democracy and to National Security, which requires the cooperation of all Nigerians to contain."

It further added its voice to the ultimatum given by YOUWICAN for governmrnt to acy or face actions from the citizenry.

"It is pertinent to call on the Nation’s security apparatus to rise up to its billing to arrest this dangerous trend or risk pushing the Nation into self - destruct," the statement reads.


               48hrs Ultimatum


The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) had threatened severe actions if those involved in Sunday's mass shootings in St. Philip's Catholic Church in Anambra State are not arrested in 48hrs.

In a statement by its National President, Eng. Daniel Kadzai on Sunday, the group expressed pain at the spade of attacks on Christians in Nigeria.

It said, "If the state security apparatuses do not beef-up their game and stand up to this challenge, YOWICAN will have no choice than to take up this matter using a much strenuous approach to finding a solution to this problem.

"This is because the lives of our pastors and members are of paramount interest to us as well as the preservation of our churches and our religion which are a sacred, symbolic emblem of our Christian faith.

"YOWICAN will continue to monitor the state of things regarding this matter, while interfacing with all our various chapter across the Country for further instructions."


"Deliberate Sidelining of Responsibilities"


The group in the statement blamed the Anambra church attack on "deliberate sidelining of responsibilities" by security agencies.

"We have much reasons to take this position because in recent times, the security of Christians and Christian institutions have been neglected by state security apparatuses who are meant to secure these people and these institutions.

"It is on record that we have seen incessant attacks on churches, pastors and even members, worst still incessant targeted kidnapping of top Christian Leaders.

"This has become a norm for various criminals who hide under the guise of religion or any other nefarious groups to cause mayhem and try to instill fear on Christians and the Christian community in Nigeria," it said.

Officials however say the shootings were caused by a feud between brothers living outside Nigeria.