Democracy Day: Catholic Bishops fault Buhari’s remarks on killer herdsmen

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, yesterday, said the Church was dissatisfied with President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks on the killer herdsmen during his Democracy Day address to the nation.

In his speech, President Buhari had said that issue of killer herdsmen was being addressed and that the identified culprits and their sponsors shall be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Reacting to the President’s remarks in a message issued by the Director, Social Communications at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Fr. Chris Anyanwu, the Catholic Bishops described the passing reference to the killer herdsmen as vague and evasive.

They said the Catholic Community in Nigeria expected to hear that the killer herdsmen and their sponsors had been arrested and were being prepared for prosecution.

The Bishops charged the President to demonstrate to the Church through concrete actions that he has the capacity to secure every citizen irrespective of religious inclination by the prompt arrest of the killer herdsmen.

The Bishops said: “It is unacceptable to the Church that President Muhammadu Buhari simply made a vague reference to the killer herdsmen in his Democracy Day Speech.

“There is the issue of the recent attack on a Minor Seminary in Jalingo which happened a day before he addressed the nation but he did not even reference that incident.

“We find his promise to bring the killer herdsmen to full wrath of the law as evasive and the Catholic Church is not comfortable with that. We had hoped to hear him tell the nation that the murderous herdsmen have been arrested and being made ready for prosecution.”


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