“It’s not coincidence the killers are of same religion as the President and service chiefs” — Catholic Bishops
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN has released a statement condemning the recent killing by herdsmen militia in the Middle-Belt part of the country saying “It is not longer a mere coincidence that the killers are of same religion as the president and those controlling security apparatus of the nation.”
The body accused the federal government of ‘finding it difficult’ to address the killings. It also predicted that the country is likely to witness another mass burial of innocent Nigerians.
The statement was signed by the CBCN President, Archbishop Augustine Akubueze, and Secretary, Bishop Camillus Umon an dit reads:
“The latest horrendous massacre of scores of innocent Nigerians, especially children and women, including pregnant women, in Plateau State, by the same rampaging and murderous terrorists, who now seem to be operating without any hindrance in the Middle Belt and other parts of Nigeria, shows that our last statement, like all the others before, has been completely ignored by those, whose primary responsibility it is to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.
“Again, the country is likely to witness another mass burial of innocent Nigerians as a result of the serial murderous activities of a group, which clearly seems to be above the law in our country and who, by their actions and words, have insisted that human lives are worth less than the lives of cattle.
“This shameful inversion of values portrays our country as barbaric and our society as brutish.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, are devastated by these acts of insensitivity and disrespect for the dignity of human life. We are equally sad that the Federal Government continues to find it difficult to proactively address the issue of these wanton killings.
“We have said it before and it bears repeating that it can no longer be regarded as mere coincidence that the suspected perpetrators of these heinous crimes are of the same religion as all those who control the security apparatus of our country, including the President himself.
“Words are no longer enough for the President and his service chiefs to convince the rest of the citizens that these killings are not part of a larger religious project.
“While we vehemently condemn any shedding of human blood and ask the Police to speedily arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes, we must point out the double standards applied by the same Police any time the herdsmen are attacked and killed.
“In this latter case, they react very swiftly and the law promptly takes its course. Would that same swiftness be applied to all cases?”