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Condemnations of attacks not enough, clerics tell Buhari


• Seek arrest, trial of masterminds
• Obaseki flays incidents, commiserates with victims

Christian leaders under the auspices of the United Church of Christ in Nations (also known as HEKAN) have said the official condemnations of attacks and killings by President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his cabinet were not enough, demanding that the masterminds of these mayhems should be arrested and prosecuted.

The clerics gave the admonition in the wake of last week’s attacks in Adamawa and Plateau states where scores were murdered by suspected herdsmen.

In a statement yesterday in Kaduna, the president of HEKAN Church, Reverend Amos Kiri, described as unacceptable the “senseless and inhuman attacks which resulted in the death of over 200 people and left scores injured and property destroyed. This trend must stop.”


According to him, the condemnations of these attacks by the government and security operatives were insufficient, noting that “the culprits should be arrested and prosecuted in a competent court of law.”

Kiri called on Buhari to rejig the nation’s security architecture for its alleged “inability to adequately curtail the gruesome murder that has been going on in many parts of this country.”

He urged the Federal Government to step up measures to contain the menace once and for all.

The church also condemned the statement credited to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) that the Plateau attack was retaliation to the killing and rustling of their cows.

“This leaves one to wonder when the life of an animal, a cow for that matter, becomes more valuable than a human life in Nigeria,” Kiri added.

In a similar vein, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has condemned the killings and commiserated with victims of the attacks. He also sought an urgent action to halt the trend nationwide.

In a statement in Benin City, the governor regretted that such wanton attacks could be meted on fellow countrymen, stressing the importance for peaceful coexistence and tolerance among the different groups that make up the federation.

The statement reads in part: “It is with a heavy heart that I receive the news of the death of about 86 persons in a conflict that erupted in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State.”

“I reiterate without equivocation that these deaths are not only needless, they must be put to a stop and those behind them should be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

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