CAN, bish­ops urge ac­tion on killer herds­men

Weekly Trust - - News - Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (CAN) and Catholic Bish­ops Con­fer­ence of Nige­ria (CBCN) have urged Pres­i­dent to stop act de­ci­sively on the con­tin­u­ous killings in Benue and other states.

The Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, said at a news con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day that the herder gun­men had le­gal­ized mur­der fol­low­ing the daily killings without be­ing checked by the gov­ern­ment whose pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity is to pro­tect the peo­ple. CAN told Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari that the de­vel­op­ment had re­vealed that the coun­try’s se­cu­rity had been com­pro­mised.

He urged all Chris­tian assem­blies in and out­side Nige­ria to ob­serve mourn­ing and protest on Sun­day, April 29, around their neigh­bor­hood­sagainst the killings and de­mand the im­me­di­ate re­lease of Leah Sharibu and the re­main­ing girls from Chi­bok still in cap­tiv­ity.

He said the mur­der­ous herds­men now en­joy un­prece­dented pro­tec­tion and fa­voritism to the ex­tent that theytreat Nige­ria as a con­quered ter­ri­tory.

In a separate state­ment, the CBCN de­manded Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion over the killings.

The state­ment signed by the pres­i­dent of the CBCN and Catholic Arch­bishop of Benin, Au­gus­tine Akubeze, said the bish­ops want Buhari to “stop pre­sid­ing over the killing fields that Nige­ria has be­come”.

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