A popular adage says "The elders will not be in the market and allow the head of a baby to be twisted"

Well, Catholic bishops across the country have decided not to turn a blind eye to the incessant herdsmen killings.

The clerics have asked Catholic faithful to come out May 22 and protest the killings.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has fixed Tuesday, May 22, as a day of protests for Catholic faithful across the country.

The announcement was made by the bishops in the Sunday Bulletin of the church and circulated to all the dioceses of the church in the country  in April.

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The announcement, entitled “Peaceful Demonstration,” read:  

“The CBCN has directed that every Diocese in Nigeria should organise a peaceful demonstration/ rally against the barbaric but intolerable killing of two priests and 17 others by herdsmen last month in Benue State, Date May 22, 2018. Time:10am, as the funeral of the innocent victims would be going on. 

"Details of how this all important solidarity action will take place in our dioceses will be communicated through the parish priests. Every Christian and all men and women of goodwill are hereby called to participate.”

Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of April 24, 2018, stormed St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-mbalom parish, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue, killing two priests and 17 parishioners.