Catholic Protests: What Bishop In Bayelsa Wants Buhari To Do
From east to west and from north to south, there is one activity happening in Nigeria at the moment and it is growing in proportion.
Christians are protesting the killings in different states in Nigeria, and they want an end to it.
With placards, they trod the streets in Abia, marched in the streets of Lagos and chanted songs in Kaduna and then in Bayelsa.
By May 24, it will be one month since gunmen desecrated a place of worship in Benue State, killing two priests and 17 other worshippers.
Their death was one major reason these protesters are on the streets. Most of them are Catholics.
In Bayelsa State, a Bishop, Reverend Father Hyacinth Igbebo, made some demands from President Muhammadu Buhari.
He wants the President to "as a matter of urgency stop the Fulani Herdsmen from shedding innocent blood, invading and destroying farm lands, raping and butchering of women and children while parading with AK47 rifles and wrecking havoc with it".
But the President has consistently stressed that those attacking communities were not Fulani herdsmen but armed bandit birthed by Libya crisis who had gained access into Nigeria through its porous borders.
Members of the Roman Catholic Church across Bayelsa State had gathered at St. Matthias Catholic Church, Amarata, Yenagoa, for a service to mourn the dead priests and the other members of the denomination.
After the service, the congregation began a peaceful protest that ended at the entrance to the State Government House where they were received by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Iworiso Markson.
Addressing them, Mr Markson, affirmed that the killing was getting out of hand and urged Christians across Nigeria to be steadfast in prayer while protecting themselves.
He said that the Nigerian
government have failed in protecting lives and property of its citizens.
"The killing has lasted for too long and the President's silence is bad.
"Everybody has a right to life and worship. Herdsmen invading and killing Christians everywhere including places of worship is disastrous and should be stopped immediately," he stressed.
The Commissioner assured the Bishop and other Catholics that Governor Seriake Dickson was in support of their protest and urged them to remain peaceful.
He believes that the Almighty God will fight for Christians.
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After the government official addressed them, Bishop Igbebo thanked him, other members of the Church and security personnel.
Among those protesting were the laity, catechists, Catholic Women Organisation (CWO ), Catholic Men Organisation, the Knights.
He prayed God to console the families of deceased and grant them eternal rest.He shared the grace and dismissed.