Catholic Bishops demand Buhari's resignation to save Nigeria

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The Sun newspaper said former Director of World Bank and former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has revealed how she and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Madame Christine Lagarde, were locked out of the Presidential Villa by someone she described as "a very powerful aide" of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Along with millions of Nigerians, we have expressed our lack of confidence in the security agencies, which the President has deliberately placed in the hands of the adherents of only one religion. Muslim nomadic Fulani herdsmen have for many years clashed with Christian farmers over the use of land, but there are fears of a broader escalating anti-Christian Islamist campaign.

The armed men reportedly stormed the St. Ignatius' Catholic Church during an early morning mass, killing the priests and other members. Onukwuba noted with grave concern the sudden turn of the negative attention of the killer herdsmen on priests and their congregation even when these clergies have been playing pivotal roles in ameliorating the pains and challenges of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in all parts of the country.

Intersociety recalled that the marauding Fulani herdsmen recognised in Nigerian laws as Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has President Muhammadu Buhari as their grand national patron.

Also, Chairman of Plateau State Christian Welfare Board, Rev. Yakubu Pam, said religious and traditional rulers should adopt communication channels to end killings in parts of the country.He stated this at the weekend, when officials of the Christian Council of Nigeria paid him a solidarity visit in Jos.

"We are sad. We are angry. We have no means of defending ourselves".

On 8 February a delegation of bishops paid a visit to the President during which they raised alarm over the security of the nation.

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"Since then, the bloodletting and the destruction of homes as well as farmlands have increased in intensity and brutality", they wrote.

It went on to read: "Now our churches have been desecrated and our people murdered on their altars..."

"CAN notes that the failure of the government to raise an effective campaign against the killings by herdsmen is the reason they have continued to kill, while there is no visible plan to pacify the aggrieved".

The clock to address the country's violence, they wrote, "is ticking".

PICTURE: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seen at the United Nations in New York City Sept. 19, 2017.

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