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Miyitte Allah writes CAN, disassociate from priest’s death in Enunu
“It is painful that the security apparatuses of the government have not been able to contain the excesses of these men of the underworld.
The Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has dissociated its members from the killing of the Catholic priest in Enugu state, Reverend Father Paul Offu.
The chairman of MACBAN in Southeast, Alhaji Giddado Siddiki, in a condolence message on Saturday, August 3, described the murder of the priest as most dastardly, Daily Trust reports.
In his words: “This is one murder too many! It is most condemnable and heartily regretted. Again, our society aches as a result of the activities of criminals who care less about the value of human life,” the statement read in part.
“It is painful that the security apparatuses of the government have not been able to contain the excesses of these men of the underworld who have continued to diminish the value of life in our society.”
The cattle breeders extended condolence message to the members of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, and all the Christian faithful on the death of the clergy man which was alleged to be killed by herders.
“We once more call on the government to rise to the occasion and provide adequate security for the citizens of Nigeria across the length and breadth of the country.
“We maintain that crime, in whatever form of its perpetration, is anti-society. Criminals of any guise cause pains to society and should therefore be properly identified and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“While we mourn the sudden departure of Father Offu, we are very hopeful that this occasion will agitate the government sufficiently to respond to the challenge of criminality amongst us.”
Meanwhile, Over 200 Catholic priests within the Catholic Diocese of Enugu hit the streets of Enugu State earlier on Friday to protest incessant killings of their colleague, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, in Enugu state on Friday, August 2.
The deceased was said be traveling on Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu local government area of the state in the evening of Thursday, Aug. 1 before being intersected and killed by suspected armed Fulani Herdsmen.
killed by yet to be identified gunmen, suspected to be armed herdsmen, while
The Catholic priests, numbering over 200, marched to government house to express their anger.
who marched peacefully, passed through major roads within Enugu metropolis on their white official cassock.
The priests, according to viral pictures, wore white official cassock, held placards with the various inscriptions such as: “Government Must Address Security Challenge in Enugu’’ and “We Are Not Happy with Government’’. “Enough is Enough’’, “Catholic Priests are Targets of Hoodlums’’, “We Cannot be Living in Fear’’,
While speaking on the ugly development with newsmen, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, said that the protest was to register the displeasure of the diocese at the incessant attacks on Catholic priests by hoodlums in the state, which had lasted for seven years now.
He also noted that the Catholic priests were simply demanding for more security in the state adding that “if there are crop of bad herdsmen in the state they should be fished out and we will continue to live in peace with the good ones’’.
He, however, stressed that the attack had become unbearable as the diocese also lost a priest in March, who was killed same suspected armed herdsmen.
He said that two weeks ago, another priest was shot in the state and “he is still receiving intensive medical attention as we speak’’.
“I am sorrowful and utterly disappointed on the security in the state. This year alone, we (diocese) have suffered some casualties,’’ he lamented.
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