The Catholic church in Umuahia, Abia state joined their counterparts across Nigeria in a nationwide protest.

They are marching against the killing of worshipers in Benue state by suspected herdsmen.

The protesters clad in all black walked from the shrine in Martyr Dei Cathedra to St. Finbars Catholic Church along Bende road, where they retired for a mass in honor of the departed.

In a homily, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Lucious Ugorji decried the wanton destruction of lives in the country and the insecurity of Christians.

He charged security operatives to rise up to their duty of protecting people and property.

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"Life has lost its meaning in Nigeria and I wonder our fate if the government continues to fail in their core responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and properties in Nigeria. 

“The target of innocent and defenseless worshipers is callous. Who would save Nigeria. The Catholic Church in Abia State is in prayer solidarity with our brothers in Benue. The Government must do the needful."

He said the event is in full compliance with the directives of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, to hold prayer and protest today.

Baptist Churches in Nigeria had recently held similar protest to condemn the killings of thousands of innocent citizens in Benue and other Middle Belt states.

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