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CCN blasts FG over killer herdsmen

Following the serial killings of innocent Nigerians by hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen, the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), has accused the Federal Government of trivialising the violent activities of the killer herdsmen in the country.
The National President of CCN, an affiliate of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), Rev. Dr Benebo Fubara Fubara-Manuel made the accusation at the CCN Standing Committee Meeting in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The CCN statement came shortly before news of the killing of two Catholic priests Rev. Frs. Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, and 17 other worshippers after a morning mass at St. Ignatius Church, Ukpo-Mbalom, in Benue State.
Fubara-Manuel, who spoke in conjunction with the Anambra State Chairman of CCN, and Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, said that forces of Islamization in Nigeria were moving sharply to force everybody into Islam.
CCN said it was concerned that “the market places, the schools where the children are trained and even their homes are no longer safe, we are particularly concerned that when they take away girls from their schools, they will hold back a Christian girl. These matters are still burning in our hearts.
“Instead of condemning and speaking about the violent attacks of the people in their villages and communities by the killer herdsmen, the Federal Government is describing the attacks, killings and maiming of people in their homes by killer herdsmen as conflict between herdsmen and farmers.
“They minimize and reduce the matter as conflicts between herdsmen and farmers to show that they are not yet touched by the killings, maiming and sacking of people from their homes and communities by the killer herdsmen.
“Our expectations are that government should own up to the fact that there is a problem on ground and in the land. They should stop finding excuses to the problems and making statements that minimize the problems created by the invading and marauding killer-herdsmen.
“The Federal Government should re-address its military strategy in such a way that people will not walk into our schools and take our girls and go scot-free and we hope that they will negotiate without religious bias or show of any religious divide or leave a Christian behind and bring others back.”

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