Catholic Bishops endorse Amotekun
Catholic bishops across the South-West yesterday rose from a conference in Ibadan , throwing their weight behind the South Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun
The outfit was recently launched by the South-West Governors to address security challenges facing the people .
The bishops conference under the Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Province , comprising Ibadan Archdiocese , Ilorin, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo and Osogbo dioceses .
Describing the security situation in the country as worsening , the catholic bishops declared that human life seemed to have lost value with the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
In a post-conference press briefing addressed by the Archbishop of Ibadan diocese , Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin , the bishops vehemently dismissed the claim by some group of people, that Amotekun was targeted at the herdsmen , stating that Amotekun is to take care of people who live in the Southwest including the herdsmen, Hausa, Ibo, yoruba and every other nationalities.
Also, present at the press briefing are the Archbishop emeritus of Ibadan , Archbishop Alaba Job , Bishop of Ekiti diocese , Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye , Bishop of Oyo diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo, Bishop of Osogbo diocese , Bishop John Oyejola, and Bishop of Ilorin , Bishop Paul Olawoore amongst others.
Describing the establishment of Amotekun as the right response to the cries of the people of Southwest , the clergy men , who commended the governors of the Southwest for quickly responding to challenges of insecurity in the region said , ” it is not true that it is targeted against the Fulani herdsmen . If you listen to what they said and what people have been saying , that is not true at all .
” Amotekun is to take care of the people of South West region , we are not saying of Yoruba or Hausa or Fulani . Anybody leaving in the Southwest is covered. I think that is their duty . They are not excluding anybody at all . Look at the Fulani or Hausa we are talking about , their Sabo communities will be protected . But one think is that if the Fulani people know that they have plans to do havoc in Yoruba land ,they must be ready to face the music . But the Amotekun is not necessarily against the herdsmen at all. ”
They further corroborated the statement of the umbrella body of Christians, the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) , that christians in the country are the most persecuted , citing the killings and burning of church in Minna, the beheading of CAN chairman in Adamawa, and other parts of the Northeast.
While calling on proactive measures to arrest the ugly situation , the catholic bishops condemned the approach by the federal government , which they said , was far from the expectations of Nigerians .
Speaking on the call on President Mohammadu Buhari to resign by some group of people , the Catholic bishops described the call as normal.