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Southern CAN youths condemn herdsmen’s attacks, killings

The Southern Youths wing of Christian Associations of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in its entirety the recent killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country.
In a press release made available to newsmen in Owerri recently, the President of the Southern Youth Wing of CAN, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu noted that since 2016 till date more persons have died in clashes with herdsmen than in Boko Haram especially in states like Benue, Adamawa, Ekiti, Imo, Zamfara, Enugu and Delta.
Saddened by this, he disclosed that the association has commenced a tour of states where the herdsmen menace has been on the increase, with the aim of commiserating with those states, seeking government views as well as exploring ways of mobilizing Nigerian Christian Youths to find ways of ending the killings by Herdsmen in Nigeria.
During a visit to the Governor of Benue state,  His Excellency  Samuel Ortom at the State House Makurdi, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu applauded the Governor for his courage and genuine commitment to ensuring a peaceful state.
He reiterated that Southern YOWICAN is the largest and apex regional body of Christian Youths in Nigeria operating in 17 states in the South- East, South-South and South-West region.
He noted that the association considers peace building as one of its core community responsibilities to the Nigerian multi- ethic society where peaceful co-existence is fundamentally the social need, hence the Peace Paradigm project initiated by the southern Christian Youths to ensure a sustainable strategic approach towards peace building and deepening of peace culture in Nigeria society.
Barr. Nnabugwu added that the platform basically provides spiritual rejuvenation leadership development, political senstization/ mobilization and ecumenical exposure for Nigerian youths within these regions, and pledged their unalloyed support to the growth and development of the state government and Nigeria at large.
The Southern YOWICAN & GOIN Foundation boss further conferred a Peace Ambassador award on Gov. Ortom in recognition of his commitment and contributions to Peace building in Benue State.
Responding, Gov Ortom appreciated the youth body for identifying and sympathizing with the state over the killings by Fulani herdsmen while reiterating that the Southern YOWICAN has visionary youths who understand the needs of the nation.
On the issued of law on grazing in the state, he stated vehemently that it is the best law so far, noting that ranching is the only solution to end herdsmen killings in the country.
Gov Ortom further presented an award of recognition to the President of Southern YOWICAN, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu for his friendship/ contribution towards the growth of the state. He also endorsed the Peace Paradigm project and promised to partner with them and other Christian Associations to ensure that peace reigns in the country.
The highlight of the visit to Benue State was the tour to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps accomplained by the SA to the Gov on religious affairs, Rev. Joseph Ogazi and the state CAN officials with gift items. They also visited the burial site of the 73 victims of the Fulani attacks in Benue.

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