The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria have condemned the recent attack on a catholic Church, in Mbalom, Gwer L.G.A which claimed the lives of 2 priests and 11 parishioners members
This dastardly act perpetuated by suspected Killer herdsmen has elicited widespread reactions across the country.
The conference in a 3-page letter titled “When will this Barbarism End”? tackled the Presidency on the current security architecture, which has not addressed the senseless from the Middlebelt to other parts of the country.
According to them “For over two years now, the Catholic Bishop’s conference, along with many other well-meaning Nigerians, has consistently asked the President to rethink the configuration of his security apparatus and strategy.”
Speaking further through their communiqué, the CBCN said “On February 8, 2018 when we paid the President a courtesy call, we raised alarm over the security of the nation and the spate of violence perpetrated with impunity by people, who have neither respect for the value of human life nor regard for the laws of our country, urging him to take the most drastic steps to stem the tide of this evil in our land”.
They decried the fact ever since their last visit bloodletting and the destruction of homes as well as farmlands have increased in intensity and brutality.
The Catholic Bishops who are currently in Rome on an official visit to the Holy Father, shared their disappointment over the development which will put the nation in the spotlight, a dangerous trend that must be reversed.
In very strong terms the CBCN criticized the President for not calling his security chiefs to order in ensuring a swift response to the state of insecurity, passing a vote of no confidence on the way he has managed the security situation in the country.
The Bishops called on the President to choose the path of honour, step aside and save the nation from total collapse.
They charged Nigerians to hold their heads high and stand for their fundamental right to life and security.
The letter signed by the President Most Rev.Augustine Akubeze and Secretary Most Rev Camilius Umoh believed that Nigeria can return to normal times if stakeholders put their heads together in sincerity.
They prayed God to grant eternal rest to the victims of the various heinous crimes, while consoling the bereaved families and praying for peace to be restored to the nation.