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June 18, 2018

Herdsmen Rampage: Matter of the truth

killings by Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists in Nigeria

  For several months now, Nigerians have watched with amazing docility, somnolence, and helplessness as Fulani “herdsmen” rampage several communities across the nation laying waste lives and property with impunity and reckless abandon. They have terrorized the middle belt, sacked several communities and decimated their population, in the manner of ethnic cleansing. They have equally touched parts of Kogi, Nasarawa and Southern Kaduna and have brazenly spilled over, unrestrained; into communities in the border area of Enugu State in the Eastern States and parts of the South West. These unmistakable jihadists are armed to the teeth and would brook no…

Fulani herdsmen kill 492 Benue people in 5 months, displace 170,000

  As two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners were given Mass burial May 22, in Makurdi, Benue State, the State Governor Samuel Ortom, noted that it was the third time the state was conducting mass burial. He disclosed that 492 people have so far been killed by herdsmen, since the beginning of the year, while the state government is battling to cater for over 170,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) languishing in eight camps in the state. He also disclosed that 80,000 Benue children are presently out of school as a result of the incessant herdsmen attacks and invasions in the…

Yakubu Gowon: Nigeria’s prayer warrior

  Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon is on a nationwide prayer tour. Last week his caravan made a brief stop-over in Owerri, Imo State, where the man met with Governor Rochas Okorocha. Gowon said he was consumed by grief over mass murders of innocent citizens carried out by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, and armed groups across the country. There is something unsettling and cowardly about what Gowon said when he met Okorocha. He said massacres of innocent people by herdsmen and Boko Haram militants could only be solved through prayers. It is through prayers, he said, that God…

Murder of two Catholic Priests and their Parishioners in Benue: When will this barbarism end? – Catholic Bishops

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week

  A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the wake of the murder of Two Priests and their Parishioners During the celebration of the Holy Mass, in Mbalom, Benue State.   We have received with deep shock, sorrow and utter horror, the gruesome, grisly and dastardly murder of two Catholic priests along with fifteen of their parishioners in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 24 April 2018. These innocent souls met their untimely death in the hands of a wicked and inhuman gang of the rampaging and murderous terrorists, who have turned the vast lands of…

Nigerians Protest against Buhari in London

Nigerians protest against Buhari

  … They are looters-FG Some Nigerians living in London on Tuesday April 10, protested against President Muhammadu Buhari. The protesters stormed the Abuja House in Kensington London, where the President is staying, blaming him for the nation’s ills. The protesters accused the President of not addressing the herdsmen-farmers attack, and not doing anything about the citizens’ welfare. The angry Nigerians were seen with placards bearing various inscriptions as: “Save Benue,” “Save Nigerian Christians,” “Fulani herdsmen are Boko Haram members freed by Nigerian Government,” “They want to kill us all.” The protest came just a day after President Buhari declared…

Disarming Vigilante  Groups – Bad Idea!

  We do not need a Nigeria where everyone must carry a gun to feel safe for sure. We also don’t want to live in a state where people are afraid to go to sleep at night for fear of being attacked. But it is a concern that we may be heading that way, if the excesses of gun-toting Fulani herdsmen are not checked. It is worrying that we now have herdsmen who carry guns and must feed their cattle on people’s farmland. What is more? Rather than arrest and discipline these killer herdsmen, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim…

  Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

  Says Buhari does not share in the suffering of the people The Catholic bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah has appealed to governors and other politicians to please abandon the spirit of selfish accumulation and embrace the principles of integrity and genuine service of our country. In his Easter  message titled: “Easter Message to Mr. President and all Nigerians”, Kukah said, the average age of Governors and Legislators across the country is 50. These are the years of dreams, maturity, sacrifice, patriotism and self-giving. But, sadly, they do not seem to be ready to depart from the…

Southern Youths Wings of CAN condemns herdsmen killings

Gov. Samuel Orton of Benue state presenting an award of recognition to the Southern YOWICAN Chairman, Barr. Oluchukwu Ijere Nnabugwu for his friendship to Benue state government

  …… Condoles with Benue state government The Southern Youths wing of Christain Associations of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in its entirety the recent massacre killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country. In a press release made available to newsmen in Owerri recently, the President of the Southern Youth Wing of CAN, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu noted that since 2016 still date more persons have died in clashes with herdsmen than in Boko Haram especially in states like Benue, Adamawa, Ekiki, Imo, zamfara, Enugu and Delta. Saddled by this, he disclosed that the Youths Christain Association has commenced the visit to…

Address of the Catholic Bishops to Buhari

Catholic Bishops with President Buhari on Thursday

  AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA (CBCN) ON THE OCCASION OF A COURTESY CALL ON  HIS EXCELLENCY MOHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE  FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2018   Your Excellency,   Preamble We, the representatives of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, bring you our cordial greetings and blessings. We desired this meeting, in order to continue the dialogue we initiated with you even before your election as President. We therefore thank you for granting us this audience, which affords us the opportunity to share with you, once again, our thoughts and concerns…

Fulani killings: Lagos-Benin Expressway safe – Police

  The Ogun State Police Command has debunked the rumour and speculations of invasion of Fulani Herdsmen on Lagos-Benin Expressway, saying it was a hoax. The Leader recalled that, a message went viral lastweek with no credible source, and it reads, “Please what is happening on Lagos-Benin Expressway? Please tell any member of your family travelling through that road to please go back… Herdsmen are stopping vehicle and shooting people to death. No joke, help save life.” However, the police faulted the claim, adding that, it was nothing but a hoax, which should be disregarded and advised motorist and travelers…

Benue belongs to Fulani herdsmen by right of conquest – Prof Muhammad

  Professor Umar Labdo Muhammad of the Faculty of Humanities, Northwest University, Kano has alleged that Benue State belongs to the Fulani by right of conquest. The University Don predicated his claim on the fact that half of Benue State is part of the Bauchi Emirate and also half of the Adamawa Emirate. In a post on his Facebook, Muhammad stressed that by extension, Benue is “part and parcel of Sokoto Caliphate” as such nobody has the right to expel Fulani from the state. Muhammad also stated that Fulani are the largest single nation in the African continent and they…

COURAGE, DO NOT BE AFRAID

  A Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province Issued at the End of their First Plenary Meeting for the Year 2018 Held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Wetheral Road, Owerri — Imo State from January 22 – 23, 2018 Preamble 1. Our dear brothers and sisters in Christ, fellow citizens: in the past years we addressed you on certain critical ecclesiastical and socio-political tensions seriously affecting us as a people. Today, our people and nation are still saddled with rising religious, socio-political and ethnic agitations. While acknowledging some visible improvement in infrastructure by government, our people…

Menace of Fulani herdsmen: Remain calm, vigilant – Catholic Bishops

  The Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have condemned the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen who terrorize the people in many states across the nation and exhorted. In a Pastoral Statement issued at the end of their First Plenary meeting for the year 2018 held at Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Jan 22-23, the bishops drawn from Abia and Imo States, said, “Of special concern for our people is the menace of the so called Fulani herdsmen who flagrantly carry unauthorized assault weapons, employing them to rampage villages and to destroy farmlands and crops of other people; and who heartlessly…

Herdsmen attacks: You’re not prepared for governance – Kukah tells Buhari

  Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah, has blamed the incessant attacks allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government’s unpreparedness to tackle the many challenges bedevilling the nation. Kukah spoke to newsmen in Sokoto during the inauguration and dedication of the new secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Sokoto State chapter. According to him, it was uncharitable on the part of government to blame citizens or any particular group for the incessant attacks instead of looking for a way to tackle the challenge. The clergy said, the primary responsibility…

Ranching is the solution – Catholic bishop of Awka

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has said that only ranching of cattle can avert bloodletting occasioned by feud between cattle rearers and their host communities. The bishop who expressed grave concern over the incessant attacks and killing of members of communities in states in Nigeria by cattle herders said Nigeria must join the rest of the world in embracing modern methods of rearing cattle. Ezeokafor who fielded questions from journalists at the Blessed Iwene Tansi’s Catholic Parish, Ebenebe, in Awka North Council area of Anambra State, called for a revolution in the system of rearing…

Cattle Colony: Ndigbo be warned

cattle colony

  Never before, in the history of Nigeria, had Fulani herdsmen clashes with farmers over the destruction of farm crops by cattle, assumed the alarming dimension as it has in the last three years. Before now, there have been skirmishes and clashes in various parts of the South and Middle Belt Regions between these two groups. But since 2015 when the present Federal Government came into power, the boldness at which the herdsmen operate and rampage farmlands and communities have reached an intolerable level. Things are taking this new dimension because government seems to be siding, aiding and abating the…

HERDSMEN/FARMERS CLASHES: FG to establish “Cattle Colonies”

cattle colony

  …It’s Fulani colonization – group In a bid to find a permanent solution to farmers/herders bloody clashes, the Federal Government is planning to set up “cattle colonies” in the country to assist Fulani herdsmen in rearing their cows. The government had earlier proposed ranches. Government assured landowners of adequate compensation for their land that could be acquired to establish such ‘cattle colonies.’ This assurance came at the end of a five-hour Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the first in the year. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in response to State House Correspondents…

Benue killings need Operation Python Dance, Crocodile Smile put together – Bishop Ezeokafor

    The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has described the proposed setting up of grazing reserves and colonies for herdsmen as a time bomb waiting to explode. He emphasised that ranching remained the only solution to the Fulani herdsmen and farmers’ clash. Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this yesterday in Awka during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, said, “killings in Benue State needed Operation Python Dance and Crocodile Smile put together.” The cleric added that deploying the officers and men of the Nigeria Police to the troubled…

Cattle Colony: MASSOB warns Igbo Governors, Traditional Rulers

  Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB, has warned governors and traditional rulers from South East not to give any part of Biafra land to Fulani herdsmen for the purposes of cattle colony, adding that the North had large expanse of land. MASSOB’s Director of Information, Sunny Okereafor, while speaking with Daily Sun, said the warning had become imperative because of information at the organization’s disposal that some state governors and traditional rulers from the South East were negotiating with the Northern oligarchy to give out some portions of land in Biafra to Fulani herdsmen to…

Catholic Bishops Say Nigeria Under Siege …Reject Cattle colonies

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

  Catholic Bishops are not at all amused by the consistent killings and bloodshed in the country, undermining what little success has been made in the fight against Boko Haram. A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) January 16, said the country is under siege and warned that it is easier to prevent war than stop it after it has started. They say war is looming in the country. “Our beloved country appears to be under siege from many forces. Repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of…