The bishops said the latest massacre of scores of innocent Nigerians, especially children and women, including pregnant women in Plateau State by the bandits who seemed to be operating without hindrance in the country showed that its last statement had been completely ignored by those who had the responsibility to protect lives and property of Nigerians.
They expressed sadness that the federal government continues to find it difficult to “proactively address the issues of these wanton killings.”
According to the bishops the murderous activities of the herdsmen makes it seem that they are above the law in the country and they have shown by their actions and words that human lives were far less than the lives of cattle.
“This shameful inversion of values portrays our country as barbaric and our society as brutish,” the bishops said.
They argued that the killings were not mere coincidence given the temerity of the Fulani herdsmen in perpetrating the killings.
Other clerics have been speaking out as well
Last Sunday, two leading pentecostal preachers, Paul Adefarasin of the House on the Rock church, Lagos, and Sarah Omakwu of the Family Worship Centre, Abuja, spoke about the issue in their mega churches, with the videos of their intervention going viral online.
Adefarasin said the country’s security architecture, the executive, and the legislature “seem to be impotent to deal with the matter or we must assume that they are complicit.”
“They had Python Dance over the Eastern region of Nigeria where they had no insurgency or militancy, but now without any physical arms, mayhem has visited our people who are mostly of the Christian faith and we hear no python dancing for the protection of their lives and properties in Plateau,” he said.
On her part, Omakwu who was dressed in black attire last Sunday went on her knees and made a direct appeal to President Buhari to stop the killings.
“People die and are dying. Farms are abandoned because of cows. Villagers are abandoned and deserted because of herdsmen. When did cows become more valuable than human beings?” she said. “When human beings go on a rampage in cold blood, not once, not twice, not thrice, and kill, maim and displace other human beings and nothing happens, Mr President, something is wrong. Mr. President my message is not to Nigerians today, my message is to you. Baba Buhari… stop the killing of Nigerians.”
Also speaking, the former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, who is on a working visit to Canada and the United States condemned the “flagrant and despicable taking of human lives and the continued destruction to homes and means of livelihood.” He said it is a “disgrace to humanity and a shameful projection of a negative image of Nigerians.”