Herdsmen killings: Catholic bishops ask for lasting solution


The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use his background as a farmer and cattle rearer to find a civilised solution to farmers/herdsmen clashes across the country.

Rev. Ignatius Kaigama President of CBCN made the request after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Kaigama frowned at the reported killing of innocent citizens in different communities across the country and their sources of livelihood destroyed.

He said “We feel there should be a solution, a very civilised and enlightened solution. What we have is not working and people are dying in different parts of Nigeria, North, East, West, South wherever and something has to be done.

He continued “We believe our President can do something. Apart from being our President, he has the interest of security of Nigerians and he also has some affinity with those herdsmen who graze and rear their cattle and so on. I believe he is also a farmer.

Kaigama, who is also the Archbishop of Jos, decried the recent massacre of unarmed citizens by terrorists in some communities in Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Taraba States.

While speaking on proposed cattle colony by the Federal Government, the Archbishop advised the ministry to look for a better alternative, saying “We would like to add our voice to those of other well-meaning Nigerians who insist that a better alternative to open grazing should be sought rather than introducing “cattle colonies” in the country.

Kaigama maintained that the determination of the Catholic Church is to complement the efforts of government in providing quality education and primary health care services to Nigerians.





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