The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared Sunday 29 April 2018 as a national day of protest against unending killings in the country.CAN also dedicate the same day for prayers for the freedom and liberty of one of the abducted Dapchi girls, Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls incessant's killings going on all over the country and others still in captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists as the nation's lower chamber, the house of representatives has invited president Buhari over all said.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja CAN urge Christians in Nigeria to hold a peaceful protest on the date on their various church premises, demanding the Federal Government and the security agencies to stop the unending killings and bloodshed across the country.
According to the statement by the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address issues about sustained killings, attacks and destruction of their property in Nigeria.CAN appeal to the government of President Mohammadu Buhari to, in the national interest, mount different effective plans aimed towards disarming herdsmen across the northern states and in communities where they have been wreaking havoc across the country.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives Yesterday in its plenary season, decries the incessant killings all over the country as it adopts a motion of urgent national importance moved by Terseer Gbillah (Benue state) part of which is asking president Buhari to appear before it, passes a vote of no confidence on service chiefs as it calls for alternatives individuals with fresh ideas.
The lawmakers resolved to suspend sitting for three legislative days to protest against the recurring killings and declare the killer herdsmen as terrorists. Moving the motion, Gbillah expressed worry that Benue State had remained under attack by armed men despite the deployment of security officials to check incessant killings.
“These attacks assumed a new dimension on Tuesday when two Catholic priests, the church catechist and 16 other worshippers were murdered in cold blood at St. Ignatius Catholic mission, in Gwer East Local Government Area.“Several others who attended an early morning funeral near the church are still unaccounted for after reportedly being gunned down by the retreating armed herdsmen.
“The state government had raised the alarm severally to the security agencies, but it is very worrying that they did not take pro-active measures to forestall the attacks.“Let the president provide the House with details of those responsible for the attack in Naka town and the actions to be taken against them.’’He accused the security agencies of usually responding after scores of innocent citizens had lost their lives and property.
Dickson Takhir (Benue) alleged that the killers might have connived with security agencies to perpetuate the act.“It appears there is no moral will to tackle the matter because continuous complaints about the killings seem to fall on deaf ears. The provision of the law allows self-defence and if necessary, our people will do the needful,’’ Takhir said.
Edward Pwajok (Plateau-APC) urged the leadership of the National Assembly to sit with President Buhari to explain the feelings of Nigerians over the killings.“Something drastic has to be done, we don’t only have to be talking always without commensurate results; there is the need to invite the service chiefs to brief the House on efforts to stop the killing,’’ Pwajok said.
Onyemaechi Joan Mrakpor lamented that men, pregnant women and children were being killed every day and all that mattered to the Nigeria Police was how to arrest Senator Dino Melaye.“How did we get here and how do we get to 2019 if this situation continues? Can we all come to say we want to run when the people that we are representing are being killed daily? The DSS, IG, Army and even the commander-in-chief do not seem to know anything about those responsible for the killing,” she lamented
Aliyu Magaji said the drastic action needed to be taken was to relieve the service chiefs and the inspector general of police of their duties. “The situation has gone beyond sentiments, it is a very terrible thing happening.’’ Nicholas Ossai (Delta-PDP) said if the Federal Government failed to prescribe the killer herdsmen’s group, “then we can sit and do it legislatively.’’
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Abdulrazak Namdas, said the resolution to invite the president was borne out of the belief that some security agencies were not carrying out his instructions appropriately. As the lawmakers expressed anger over the massacre, it was learnt that the killings in Benue continued yesterday as suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked two areas in Guma and Gwer West local councils, killing many residents.
The militias, in the early hours of yesterday, allegedly invaded Tse Ali-Agudu Mbanyiar and Tse-Mbakpaase in Mbawa/Saghev wards in Guma Local Government Area as well as Sengev ward of Gwer West Local Government.
Urban express news online learnt that residents of the affected communities, including women and children, had fled their homes with luggage on their heads.