The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has resolved to organise protests against continuous killings of dwellers in Benue State and surrounding states by herdsmen.
The President of CAN, Rev Olasupo Ayokunle, was reacting to the latest killing, where 17 worshippers and two Catholic priests were gunned down by herdsmen during morning funeral Mass in Benue State.
Ayokunle urged Christians all over the country to hold a peaceful protest on Sunday April 29 in their various church premises.
“CAN urges Christians in Nigeria to hold peaceful protests on the set aside date, on the premises of their churches, asking the Federal Government and the security agencies to stop the unending killings and bloodshed in the country.
“Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address issues about killings, attacks and destruction of their property in Nigeria.
“The inscriptions on placards could read, ‘Enough of bloodshed in Nigeria,’ ‘Enough of unlawful killings in the country,’ ‘FG, Release Leah Sharibu from the bondage,’ ‘FG, Stop Herdsmen Killings,’ ‘CAN rejects FG’s poor handling of insecurity.’”
The cleric admonished the government to perform its constitutional responsibility of protecting the citizens, noting that no excuse was tenable for the bloodshed.
“CAN uses this medium to appeal to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to mount different effective plans aimed at disarming herdsmen across the country in national interest,” the statement added.
CAN President also urged security chiefs to rise up to the challenge facing their constitutional role to protect lives and properties.
Also criticizing the incessant killing, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria slammed President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for nonchalant attitude towards the menace of the herdsmen in the country.
Its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement on Wednesday, said the international community must not watch Nigeria as “these crimes of epic proportions by armed Fulani herdsmen are going on.”