- The killings of worshipers in Benue state has been condemned by the Arewa Consultative Forum
- Peoples Democratic party also condemned the killings allegedly carried out by herdsmen
- Going further, the opposition party said the Federal Government has continued to allow 'these killings without any decisive steps to stem the ugly trend'
Former governor Gabriel Suswam, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Peoples Democratic party have condemned the killings of 16 worshipers in Benue state state.
“It is becoming a tragic routine to witness those killings and issue condemnation to them, after which they continue,” Suswam said.
Muhammad Ibrahim Biu national publicity secretary of the ACF in a statement said: ”The spate of attacks on innocent people, including clergy men and worshippers in their places of worship, is most callous and unfortunate.
”ACF therefore calls on the security agencies to be more proactive and re-strategise their security operations in order to nip these avoidable bloodlettings in the bud.
“Perpetrators of these heineous crimes should be fished out and be brought to book to serve as deterrence to others.
”Furthermore, ACF urges the federal government to set up a panel of inquiry into these incessant killings that have continued to bedevil most of the northern states, with the hope that amicable solution would be found for common good.
”ACF consoles the government, people and families of those killed and wounded and hope that God would provide them with what it takes to bear the losses. May their souls rest in peace.”
The Nation reports that David Mark, Nigeria's former senate president who condemned the killing in a statement by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, said:
“I am saddened by this unabating carnage. The people of Benue state are accommodating and law-abiding but it seems this gesture has been misconstrued to be cowardice.
“Our people are known for their bravery. We are not cowards. Something must be done to stop this carnage. Enough is enough.”
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the killings as sacrilegious and callous.
“More worrisome is that the Federal Government has continued to allow these killings without any decisive steps to stem the ugly trend.
“President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government must live up to its basic responsibility of protection of lives and our national territorial integrity. Indeed, our citizens cannot continue to daily fall victims to attacks by marauders while the government fails to exert itself to guarantee their safety.”
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“The PDP commiserates with the Catholic Church, the government and people of Benue State as well as the families of the victims of these horrendous killings.
“We pray God to heal our land and enthrone a national leadership that would restore peace, unity and harmonious living in our country,” spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan said
Former Governor Gabriel Suswam and former Assembly Speaker Terhile Ayua condemned the killings.
They also sent their condolences to the Catholic Church and the people of the state over the killings of two priests and 14 other worshippers by alleged herdsmen during mass on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Doyin Okupe, a former senior special assistant on public affairs to former president Goodluck Jonathan absolved herdsmen of any wrong doing in the gruesome and countless killings going on in some parts of the country.
Okupe, who made his position known in a Facebook post declared that the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is responsible for the killings in Nigeria.
Victims of herdsmen killing buried in Benue state on NAIJ.com TV: