- The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has fixed Tuesday, May 22, as a day of protest for Catholic faithful across the country
- Secretary general of the Catholic secretariat of Nigeria Ralph Madu said the protest is to honour two Catholic priests and other faithful that were recently killed in Benue state
- The Catholic bishops, however, called on Christian of goodwill to participate in the exercise
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has fixed Tuesday, May 22, as a day of protests for Catholic faithful across the country.
Daily Sun reports that the peaceful procession/protest would start from the National Ecumenical Center and terminate at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church, Garki, Abuja.
A statement by the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, indicated that the protest was mainly to honour two Catholic priests and other faithful that were killed last month in a Catholic Church in Benue state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
This came as the Tor Tiv, HRM James Ayatse, said he would soon convene a peace meeting with the governor of Nasarwa State, Tanko Al-Makura, and Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai to find a lasting solution to killings of Tiv people in both Benue and Nasarawa states.
The CBCN said the protests would coincide with the burial of the two priests and 17 parishioners killed by herdsmen during a morning mass at Gwer east local government area of Benue state.
The directive was contained in an announcement made by the bishops in the Sunday Bulletin of the church and circulated to all the dioceses of the church in the country.
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The announcement, entitled “Peaceful Demonstration,” read: “The CBCN has directed that every Diocese in Nigeria should organise a peaceful demonstration/ rally against the barbaric but intolerable killing of two priests and 17 others by herdsmen last month in Benue state, Date May 22, 2018. Time:10am, as the funeral of the innocent victims would be going on.
“Details of how this all important solidarity action will take place in our dioceses will be communicated through the parish priests. Every Christian and all men and women of goodwill are hereby called to participate.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Muslim Rights Concern placed a curse on the gunmen who attacked St Ignatius Catholic Church, Ayar-Mbalom in Gwer East local government area of Benue state and killed two reverend fathers and other church members.
The gunmen, believed to be suspected herdsmen, had invaded the church and killed 15 worshippers including two Catholic priests, whose names were given as Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha.
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