The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan has accused the federal government and the security agencies in the country of giving immunity to killer-herdsmen who have been terrorising various parts of the country.
In a press release signed by Kafanchan Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Abba Biliyock, the Catholic Church said government’s inability to nip the crisis in the bud, arrest and prosecute the rampaging killer-herdsmen across the country as well as a seemingly compromised stands of state security personnel on the crisis leave her in no doubt of government’s connivance.
“We are particularly saddened by the immunity accorded to the killers and the seemingly compromise of the security personnel. The government of the day has also becomes the spokesman of the killer herdsmen which put us in doubt if the government has not taken sides in the menace.
“We call for the arrest and prosecution of all the killer-herdsmen as well as Boko Haram members with their known sponsors. On the event that the above call is not hearken to, we demand the immediate resignation of the President to save the nation from imminent crisis that could snowball into war, if caution is not taken,” the statement read.
It added that the diocese joined other Catholic faithfuls in the country to observe the Rosary/Prayer procession as the Church few days ago buried two of her priests and 17 other members who were killed at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-Mbalom, Gwer Local Government of Benue state on April 24.
The Catholics also called on governments at all levels to rise up to their responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its citizens, saying that is their primary assignment.