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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…

Suspected herdsmen or hired killers for real?

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  I vehemently disagree with and disapprove of the tagging of suspected hired killers (Terrorists) as herdsmen. In as much as our security has not been able to establish their culpability, shall we still trivialize a calculated attempt to wipe Christians out? It would be recalled that the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in reaction to this barbarism said: “Since the president has refused to call the Nation’s Security Agencies to order, we are left with no choice than to conclude that THEY ARE ACTING A SCRIPT THAT HE APPROVES OF. He (the president) should no longer continue to…

You won’t stop killer- Herdsmen

– Catholic Bishops, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, tell Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari is not at all serious about ending the killings in the country or punishing those involved.  Killer-Fulani – herdsmen are taking many lives across the country, particularly in Benue, and the Federal Government is dilly-dallying about it. That is why Catholic Bishops, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere Yoruba and former Vice President Abubakar Atiku do not believe what President Buhari said on Democracy Day, concerning the killer-herdsmen. Buhari had said the Federal Government would deal with the killer- herdsmen and their sponsors but the groups said it is lip service. The Catholic…

Fulani herdsmen attack Catholic Priest, sack Seminary in Taraba

  Barely a week after the burial of priests and parishioners  killed by Fulani herdsmen in the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Benue State, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Koba, Sunday night, narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds, as Fulani gunmen attacked the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State. The Taraba State spokesman, ASP David Misal, confirmed the attack in a phone interview with our correspondent. Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Charles Hammawa, described the attack on the seminary and the targeting of priests as regrettable. He, therefore, urged government to be more serious in…

Catholics Organize Prayer-Protest

  A weeping Catholic Church is petitioning God for the many killings of innocent people in Benue, particularly the brutal murder of its Priests and laity during a Holy Mass.   Catholic Bishops have therefore, called out the faithful to a prayer-protest, on Tuesday, in solidarity with the victims of the recent Makurdi killings.   “Following the directive, of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, (CBCN), Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna,  Archbishop of Owerri invites the faithful, other Christians and people of goodwill in the State to a special Day of Prayer in Solidarity with the victims of the recent…

Cattle Colonies: List of 16 States that have volunteered land

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  Sixteen Nigerian states have agreed to the establishment of cattle colonies proposed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh as a solution to the incessant herdsmen crisis. It was gathered that some 16 states, all in the North, have volunteered land for the establishment of cattle colonies in their domain. The states include: Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Plateau. Others are Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Jigawa, Yobe, Niger, Kogi and Kwara states. According to The Punch, all the 16 states have agreed to volunteer 5,000 hectares of land each. However, Benue and Taraba experiencing…

Cattle Colony: Ndigbo be warned

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  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…

Please, Stop the Circle of Killings – Archbishop Appeals

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama Catholic Archbishop of Jos and President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, has appealed to the Fukani and Irigwe people of Bassa Local government in Plateau State to stop the circle of killings going on in the area. In a Press Release issued last week, Archbishop Kaigama said: “For over two years now, Plateau State has enjoyed happy and peaceful coexistence, giving birth to greater confidence and trust to its citizens and visitors alike that only the best will henceforth happen in the State. This peace has unfortunately been rudely interrupted by the outburst of…

THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

POLICE ACTION The independence of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria was proclaimed on May 30, 1967, by Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu after he cited a variety of malevolent acts on Ndi Igbo by the North namely: the pogrom that claimed over thirty thousand lives; the federal government’s failure to ensure the safety of Igbos in the presence of organised genocide; and the direct incrimination of government in the murders of its own citizens. The proclamation had the full backing of the Eastern House Constituent Assembly. Consequently, the war began. The Nigerian government led by Yakubu Gowon said that it would…

Herdsmen invade Imo community, destroy multi-million naira crops

Men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have invaded farmlands in Amakohia-Ubi Autonomous Community In the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, destroying crops and other valuable items estimated at millions of Naira in the process. The farmers who arrived their farmlands on Thursday morning counted their losses owing to the degree of destruction wreaked on their farmlands by the yet-to-be-identified cattlemen. Confirming the incident, the President General of the community, Cyril Ndumanya, said the incident had left the community, especially the farmers, in a state of despair. Ndumanya lamented that with the level of destruction done on the…

Northerners plotting to Islamize Nigeria – Christian elders

The Nigerian Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has accused Northerners of plotting to turn Nigerian into a “caliphate.” NCEF disclosed that some Buhari government’s policies are “directly or indirectly promoting the “theocratic agenda North has for Nigeria.” Solomon Asemota, the chairman of NCEF made this known while delivering a speech titled: “A Quest for peaceful resolution of conflict of ideology, democracy and Islamism in today’s Nigeria.” Asemota presented the speech at the just concluded Africa Peace, Security and Synergy Summit Washington D.C, the United States. He called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to put hands on deck and set free “their…

No terrorist group shouts ‘Jesus’ before attacking – CAN replies Soyinka

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has criticized remarks made by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, that religion will destroy Nigeria if not tamed. Soyinka made the statement at a book presentation in Abuja last Thursday. He said: “I would like to transfer that cry (by President Muhammadu Buhari on corruption) from the moral zone to the terrain of religion. If we do not tame religion in this nation, religion will kill us.” Reacting to this statement, CAN’s National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, insisted that religion was not responsible for Nigeria’s problems. “With due respect to Prof. Soyinka,…

The butchers from the North (2)

By Femi Fani-Kayode We must help the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to stand firm and strengthen their collective resolve but we must not leave it at that. We must also organise ourselves as well, not only in the political arena, but also by setting up strong Christian militias and defence squads to protect our churches and our people from the terrorists and butchers. We must aspire to emulate the Christian Phalange militia in Lebanon which was formed just before the Lebanese civil war broke out in the ’70’s and 80’s. They were disciplined, well organised, gallant and courageous and…

3,000 Ebonyi women farmers ask herdsmen to leave their community

About 3,000 Ishiagu women in Ebonyi state yesterday, staged a peaceful protest to the Palace of the traditional ruler of the community, HRH Ezego Moses Ngele, against the destruction of farm crops by herdsmen. The women, comprising mostly peasant elderly farmers, marched peacefully to the palace of the monarch, where they demanded urgent action to end the alleged indiscriminate destruction of cash crops and other farm produce by herdsmen grazing their cattle in the area. Hide quoted text They chanted solidarity songs and brandished green leaves as they urged the traditional ruler to prevail on the herdsmen to stop using…

Who is Afraid of Restructuring and True Federalism? (1)

By Fr. Mark-Donald Ude, C.S.Sp [ude@ualberta.ca] Over the past several months, I have given public writing a break in order to focus more on personal academic commitments laced with pastoral duties. But things have reached a point at which silence would be criminal on my part, and indeed on the part of all who have a modicum of sense of justice and patriotism. We are living through perhaps the most tumultuous times in our history. Nigerians have not known it this bad as a country, at least not since the return of democracy. Our hope for a “change” has been…

Welcome to Mai Chanji! (2)

By Femi Fani-Kayode Today the Chibok girls have more or less been abandoned and forgotten, President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be indifferent to their plight, the search for them has ground to a halt and the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign has gone into a deep coma whilst some of its leaders have been pacified and settled with juicy political appointments. That is “Mai Chanji” for you.   Up until one year and two months ago a great and illustrious son of Nigeria and a man who was a great source of pride to African football by the name of…

‘Sultan defends Buhari’s appointments: There is nothing like northernization in Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has regretted the attitude of some Nigerians who politicize every action of government, adding that Nigerians should stop associating religion with anything negative in the country. Speaking during a dinner organised for religious leaders, security agencies and media practitioners in his palace in Sokoto at the weekend, he lamented that anything negative was being attributed to Muslims, Fulani (herdsmen) and Hausa, even as there were other people committing heinous crimes elsewhere but were not linked to religion and ethnicity. His words, “When there is a vacant position and a Hausa man is…

Herdsmen’s invasion, plot to establish caliphate in Benue – Gov

…As ethnic nationality demands N100bn compensation The Benue State governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, raised the alarm over what he described as a well orchestrated plot by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen with their foreign collaborators, to annihilate the inhabitants of the state and establish a caliphate in the area. Governor Ortom raised the alarm in Abuja, on Thursday, at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on the alarming influx of herdsmen into Benue State and the consequent threat to peace, life and property of the people of the state if not checked….

Five Fulani Herdsmen arrested for deadly attack on Enugu Community

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested five of the suspects involved in the midnight attack on Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on April 25. This is contained in a statement issued by the Acting Commissioner of Police, ACP OlabisiKolawole, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Wednesday in Abuja. It said that the arrest followed the police’s renewed determination to rid the society of crimes and all forms of criminality. The statement said the arrest was also based on the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) credible technical intelligence. The IGP’s IRT, based on the…

Gunmen attack Cardinal Onaiyekan

Cardinal John Onaiyekan was unhurt after the vehicle he was travelling in was shot at by gunmen Two bishops from southern Nigeria condemned an attack on a vehicle carrying Abuja Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan and appealed to the government to tackle the issue of growing instability in Edo state. Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubueze of Benin City and Bishop Donatus Aihmiosion Ogun of Uromi said the situation was becoming more serious because herdsmen committing the attacks were becoming more brazen. The April 29 attack on the car carrying the cardinal occurred around 5pm, as he was en route to Uromi. Cardinal…