- Youths from Numan federation of Adamawa state staged a protest at National Assembly
- Numan youths protested against what they called constant killings of their people
- The youths noted that they want the government to protect their lives and properties
There was an uproar at the National Assembly after hundreds and thousand of youths from Numan federation of Adamawa state stormed the Assembly on Thursday, May 24, to protest against what they call constant killings of their people.
Daily Trust reports that the Numan youths from Bwatiye tribe came in their hundreds, carrying placards with various inscriptions.
They alleged that suspected herdsmen have been attacking their communities and killing them, while the government has been looking the other way.
They said at the last count, they lost about 21 villages to the suspected herdsmen with over 200 people killed, while many others were displaced.
One of their leaders said: "We want the government to protect our lives and property. We're here to let NASS know what we've been going through. We want them to come to our aid.
"We're not indicting the state government, but we want our lives protected. We're adding our voices to the calls by our elders."
Another protester who identified himself as Tom told journalists that "Our representatives at NASS are so quiet, especially our senators. We want him to speak up. The government seems to be quiet. They're doing nothing about it."
Some of the inscriptions on their placards were: 'Bwatiye people say no to ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria;' 'You cannot kill us and occupy our land;' 'PMB, put an end to the massacre;' 'Over 200 lives lost in Numan Federation; 'Baba Buhari Stop the Killings,' among others.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that thousands of Catholic faithful from the archdiocese of joined their counterparts all over the nation to protest the killing of two priests and 17 worshipers in a church in Benue state by suspected herdsmen.
The protest which kicked off from the National Christian Centre began with a holy mass at 10am before the commencement of the procession which shut down major roads in Nigeria's capital.
Led by top bishops in the archdiocese, the protesters sang solemn songs and lamented the inability of the federal government to halt the killings.
Benue elders fault Federal Government's handling of herdsmen killings on NAIJ.com TV: