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August 14, 2018

Imo Lands for Fulani Herdsmen

  In what appears to be a roller coaster of one bad policy to the next, Imo Government is considering giving ancestral land to the dangerous Fulani herdsmen, a “time bomb,” which people say will certainly explode overtime.  They have reintroduced the suspicious bill in the House of Assembly although other South-East States and their Governors have said a capital “NO” to the obnoxious and deadly idea. Imo Government is doing this in spite of the on-going killings in the mainly Christian areas of Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Nasarawa states, plus subsequent arguments about who the original landowners in those…

Fulani Herdsmen killings: Please shut up if you wouldn’t abstain from meat

Fulani Herdsmen killings: Please shut up if you wouldn't abstain from meat

  My heart bleeds each time I hear of the barbaric atrocities committed by the Fulani herdsmen. Virtually no day passes without such horrifying news, at least since the past couple of years. Communities all over the country have had a taste of this bitter pill. But, more recently, the attention of those barbarians seems to be more focused on communities in Central Nigeria, where there is apparently a grand genocidal design.   The Buhari government has shown an abysmal lack of interest in proffering a solution and punishing the perpetrators. It has rather shown a discernible sympathy for, if…

PRESS STATEMENT – SHAMEFUL INVERSION OF VALUES: THE PLATEAU MASSACRE

  Barely two months ago, from the Eternal City of Rome during our Ad Limina Visit, we, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, issued a statement expressing our grave concerns about the spate of violence in our country and the Federal Government’s inability to deal with the situation. That statement came on the heels of the gruesome murder of two of our priests along with 17 other parishioners in Benue State on 24 April this year.   The latest horrendous massacre of scores of innocent Nigerians, especially children and women, including pregnant women, in Plateau State, by the same rampaging and…

Why herdsmen killed 120 people in Plateau – Miyetti Allah

  Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has given reasons why herdsmen attacked mourners in Plateau state, killing over 120 people and causing serious injuries to hundreds others. The chairman, north central zone of the organisation, Danladi Ciroma, who condemned the attacks, however, claimed the people were killed in retaliation to the killings of about 300 cows belonging to the herdsmen, The Nation reports. He said: “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission….

Five sentenced to death for killing one herdsman

  Terrorist Fulani Herdsmen have continued their heartless slaughtering of innocent people, in Benue State. But a court in Adamawa has sentenced five men to death by hanging for killing one of them. Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri of the Yola High Court sentenced Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi, all from Demsa Local Government Area (LGA)of the state, to die for the murder of Adamu Buba, a cattle herder. In the judgement which was passed on Monday June 11, 2018, the judge found the accused men guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, which contravened section…

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…