Nigerian Catholic Bishops call for nationwide protest over Herdsmen killings

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has fixed May 22 for a nationwide protest by Catholic faithful over killings by herdsmen across the country.

The CBCN said the protests would coincide with the burial of the two priests and 17 parishioners killed by herdsmen during morning mass at Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.

A statement circulated on Sunday via the church’s bulletin, titled: “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.”

Herdsmen had on April 24, 2018 killed two priests and 17 worshippers at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-mbalom parish, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.

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