- The former president of Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, Ignatius Kaigama has spoken on the spate of killings in many parts of Nigeria
- Kaigama called on the federal government to fish out those who are involved in the killings
- He also urged the religious and community leaders to pray to God over the development
The former president of Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, Ignatius Kaigama on Thursday, July 26 urged federal government to order the security operatives to arrest those are involved in the killings of villagers across the country.
Daily Sun reports that Kaigama made this known on Thursday, July 26, while declaring open a meeting of ethnic, religious and community leaders on the recent attacks in some parts of Plateau state.
According to him, “If foreign invaders, as alleged are the cause of our insecurity the our security agents on whom trillions of naira are spent should smoke them and their local collaborators.
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“And if the hand work of heartless I siders or politicians without conscience, allowing it to go on would imply that our security apparatus is so feeble and incapacitated that it cannot identify or tackle those fuelling the crisis.
“There is no denial that internal and external forces have infiltrated our communities to cause damage to lives and property, and something must be done to put a stop to their nefarious activities.”
“I understand that, even now, isolated attacks and killings still sadly go on. It is estimated that about 40, 000 people have abandoned their homes and fled from their farms or legitimate business’s, and are now living in hastily constructed camps.
“Both farmers and herders live in morbid fear of one another. Many also believe that the crisis is no longer about herders and farmers alone, but is being perpetrated by armed bandits or local and foreign invaders with the ambition for territorial control or domination.”
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He called on religious and community leaders to eschew bitterness and pray to God to replace the evil in the hearts of the perpetrators with good for their hearts of stone to be change to hearts of flesh.
Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), northern states, Yakubu Pam, also called on the federal government to put more efforts at arresting the circle of violence and destruction of properties in the country.
He called for forgiveness among the warring groups in Plateau State and embrace each other because women, children and the old have been wounded and rendered homeless.
The secretary general of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria ( MACBAN), Plateau state, Abdullahi Ardo, described killings in the country as an ‘act of criminality’.
Ardo, however, urged religious and community leaders in the country to be sincere in tackling the issues and urged the security agencies to act fast and stop the continues killings of human lives in rural communities.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Plateau state government has reportedly asked the federal government to release N10 billion from the Victims Support Fund (VSF) to the state.
Yakubu Dati, commissioner for Information in the state, made the request on Wednesday, June 27.
The request is coming on the heels of the weekend attack on some villages in Barkin-Ladi local government area of the state, where several persons were killed by suspected herdsmen.
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