- The police in Adamawa state have stopped a peaceful protest organised by the state CAN
- Bishop Stephen Mamza, the state chairman of the association said the police have no authority to stop them have access to God
- Mamza said the protest is to draw the government’s attention to the protection of human lives whether Christian, Muslim or Fulani
Emerging reports that have it that the police in Adamawa state has stopped a peaceful protest organised by Bishop Stephen Mamza, the state chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
The Punch reports that Mamza on Wednesday, August 1, called for the protest and a few number of Christians stormed Saint Theresa Catholic Church, the venue initially planned for the take-off of the procession.
NAIJ.com gathered that Mamza, shortly before the take-off of the protest scheduled for 9am told the congregants who had turned up for the protest that the police had canceled it.
The CAN chairman said the protest was to draw the government’s attention to the protection of human lives whether Christian, Muslim or Fulani. He gave an instance of the recent attacks in Mayo-Belwa which claimed the lives of several Fulani.
The association also spoke against the federal government’s neglect of the state on matters of security. It said the FG’s silence was disturbing because the killings have not abated.
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According to him, “The police have refused to grant us the permission but they cannot refuse us access to God. The police have no authority to stop us access to God.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the chairman of the CAN in northern Nigeria, Yakubu Pam said until the federal government resolves the question of land grabbing and indiscriminate grazing, the killings by herdsmen in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau state would not end.
He made the comments in reaction to the fresh killings in Gashish, Ganaropp, Ruku, Shonong and Razat villages of Barkin-Ladi and Riyom, where dozens of lives were lost on Saturday, June 23.
Pam described the attacks as a clear case of land grabbing. He stated: “The fresh Fulani herdsmen attack in Barkin-Ladi LGA of Plateau state is a clear case of land grabbing by the enemies of the state. Until the federal government finds lasting solutions to the issues of land grabbing and indiscriminate grazing by herdsmen, the killings would not stop.”
The CAN chairman in Plateau state, Soja Bewarang, has also reacted to the development; describing it as very disheartening.
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