- A Christian group in Rivers state have peacefully protested against the rampant herdsmen violence in the country
- The religious group, known as Concerned Christians of Rivers state, said that the federal government, by hesitating to overhaul Nigeria's security system, is giving the impression that it has a hand in the violence
- It also said that Christians are the targets of attacks and violence carried out by herdsmen throughout the country
Faithful under the umbrella of Concerned Christians of Rivers state, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the rampant violence and killings that have ravaged the country, Vanguard reports.
A massive number of worshipers, on Sunday, July 22 embarked on a peaceful protest from the state Ecumenical centre, Abonnema Wharf Road to the Government House, Port Harcourt, with several placards with various inscriptions like ‘Mr. President stop the bloodshed,’ ‘Where is Leah Sharibu,’ ‘Stop burning our churches,’ among others.
Two clerics from the group Elder Lawrence Jumbo and Okikere Iragunima, in an open letter decried the stance of the present security system is leading Nigerians to believe that the federal government has a hand in the nationwide violence.
They stated: “We stand under this sun today to give voice to the thousands that have died in the hands of unethical militia groups, chosen to be described simply as herders.
“We are uncomfortable with what we perceive as a deliberate attempt to change the narrative and mask the villains by dismissing the on-going pogroms as mere clashes between aggrieved cattle herders and crop farmers.”
Moreover, the counsel to the state's chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dan Obinnan, urged the federal government to do away with the idea of ranching.
Speaking after the peaceful protest in Port Harcourt, Obinna stated that since ranching is a private business venture, the federal government should not be involved in it. He claimed that Christians are mostly the targets of the violence and widespread killings in the country.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) had reportedly given reasons why herdsmen attacked mourners in Plateau state, killing over 120 people and causing serious injuries to hundreds others.
The chairman, north central zone of the organisation, Danladi Ciroma, who condemned the attacks was quoted to have claimed the people were killed in retaliation to the killings of about 300 cows belonging to the herdsmen.
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