Catholic Protesters Urge Government To Address Incessant Killings


The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has urged the Federal Government to tackle incessant killings across Nigeria. The archdiocese, led by its Bishop, Alfred Adewale Martins, staged a peaceful protest from St. Leo's Catholic Church, Ikeja to the Office of the Governor at Alausa on Tuesday.

The Church had held a requiem in honour of two priests and 17 parishioners murdered by alleged herdsmen at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, at Ayar Mbalom in the Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue state.

[caption id="attachment_383502" align="alignleft" width="300"] Raymond Anolefo, Director, Justice, Development and Peace of the Archdiocese of Lagos[/caption]

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as: “Life Is Sacred, Protect It'' ''Stop The Kidnappings'' ''Enough Of This Madness'' ''Save Nigeria Oh Lord From Evil People'' ''Give Your Youths Jobs, Not Guns.''

Martins said the protest became necessary because the insecurity in the country was getting worse. He urged Ambode to present the matter before the Federal Government.

Raymond Anolefo, Director, Justice, Development and Peace of the Archdiocese of Lagos, told that the slain priests are his friends. He, however, said they were not calling for reprisals but were agitating for effective security measures across the country.

''The Government needs to know that we are not satisfied, they don’t seem to know the high of this, probably because none of their relatives have been killed.

''Every life is sacred and it is the duty of government to protect it. We won’t fold our arms,'' he said.

Responding to the protesters, Kolawole Verralls, Ambode's Special Adviser on Religious Matters, said their grievances would be addressed by the Governor.

The protest was held nationwide, while the slain priests and worshipers were buried in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.

Raphael Adenaike

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