The Federal Government said it has taken steps to beef up security in rural areas to curb incessant attacks on communities.
Rev Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NPC), said this on Thursday when he paid a condolence visit to leaders of St Raphael Catholic Church in Fadan Kamatan, Zango Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State.
Recall that gunmen had on September 7, attacked the church in an attempt to abduct some clergies.
They, however, failed to gain entry into the church and, while retreating, set ablaze the home of the parish priest, where a seminarian, Naam Ngofe-Danladi, was burnt to death.
“Don’t be deceived, and this does not have religious colorations; some people are out to steal, kill and destroy. Be on guard, pray and watch,” he said.
Pam said the visit was also to ascertain the extent of damage and report back to President Bola Tinubu.
He assured that the federal government was committed to ending insecurity in the country.
Pam explained that attacks and kidnappings in communities, including Southern Kaduna, Zamfara and other states, were largely intended to disrupt peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
He urged various communities in the country affected by the security challenges not to be distracted.
“The federal government will partner with communities to ensure more patrol teams are deployed to provide security,” he added