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Afenifere, cleric seek prayers over carnage on July 1


• PDP declares seven-day mourning for victims of attacks

The Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, and the founder of Prayer House of God Evangelical Ministry, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbobola, have sought a special prayer session on July 1, 2018 to end the killings and other challenges bedevilling the country.

Afenifere’s Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, in a communiqué at the end of the organisation’s General Assembly meeting yesterday in Akure blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the herdsmen’s attacks in the North Central geo-political zone.

“We ask our people to have special prayers for the souls of all those killed, and for God to have mercy on Nigeria in all our mosques on Friday, June 29, and the churches on Sunday, July 1,” he said.Surprisingly, Pastor Akinbobola exculpated President Buhari from the killings, saying Christians attracted the wrath of God. He attributed the attacks on Christians, especially in the North, to disobedience and sins by the faithful.

According to the clergy, God revealed to him that He was allowing the calamity because Christians had provoked his anger.However, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared a seven-day mourning for victims of the mayhem in Plateau State and other parts of the federation.

Consequently, it directed that its flags at all offices and formations should be flown at half-mast during the period.In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, urged the people of Plateau to exercise their rights as global citizens, work with other public-spirited Nigerians and groups and take President Muhammadu Buhari and his government to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague for “acting helplessly in the face of the continuous mass killings in our country.”

The PDP said it “firmly holds that the life of every Nigerian is sacred. All Nigerians must be protected whether they are Birom, Basange, Ebira, Tiv, Idoma, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, Gbagyi, Yoruba or from any other tribe whatsoever.“The fundamental duty of government all over the world is the protection of lives, and Nigerians can no longer continue to fold their hands while compatriots are being daily hacked down by marauders.”

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