Herdsmen killings: Catholic priests call for Buhari’s resignation
A group, United Body of Catholic Priests in West Africa has called for immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari following the rising spate of killings, insecurity and mutual mistrust in virtually all parts of the country.
Coming on the heels of a similar call by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, the regional body of Catholic priests wondered how and when the high level of “barbarism and wanton killings would end.”
They called for tougher sanctions and punishment for the seeming elusive yet ubiquitous killer culprits.
The union, through its president, Rev. Fr. Martin Onukwuba recalled that “the citizens of Nigeria were known to love each other and had coexisted side by side all along, until recently. What happened? What went wrong? When will this barbarism end?”
According to Onukwuba, “Increasing attacks by the now notorious Fulani herdsmen, had evidently not received commensurate reprimand or official condemnation or expected strong push from President Buhari, hence they now turned the country into a massive graveyard.
“So, taking a cue from the bishops’ position, the priests declared, ‘we are sad. We are angry. We feel totally exposed and most vulnerable. Faced with these dark clouds of fear and anxiety, our people are daily being told by some to defend themselves.
“Since the Nigerian president, who appointed the heads of the nation’s security agencies has refused to caution them even in the face of the chaos and barbarity into which the country has been plunged, we are left with no choice but to conclude that they are acting a script that he approves of. If the president cannot keep Nigeria safe, then he automatically loses the trust of the citizens and all.
“He should therefore no longer continue to preside over the killing fields and mass graveyard that the nation has become. Virtually all our meetings would not be complete without sordid details of mass killings and atrocities of Islamic fanatics and zealots unleashed in almost all parts of Nigeria daily.”
He wondered why repeated calls from well-meaning Nigerians on the President to take very drastic and urgent steps to reverse this ugly tragedy that threatens the foundation of collective existence and unity as a nation have fallen on deaf ears.
While expressing shocks over a deadly attack on a Catholic Church and her priests in Benue State on April 24, 2018, amongst others allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen, Onukwubaadded his voice to calls for restructuring of the country especially the security system.
He further urged the citizens to use their ballots wisely to vote out President Buhari and others they might be comfortable with their leadership during the 2019 general election.