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Thursday 6 October 2016

Herdsmen: Catholic Bishops Call Five South East Governors Spineless Cowards

The five South East state governors have been blasted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria for remaining silent while their people are being slaughtered like goats by Fulani herdsmen. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria have called the five South East state Governors of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo spineless cowards for doing nothing to protect the people of the region from the incessant attacks by bloodthirsty Fulani herdsmen.
Addressing reporters at the Assumption Cathedral, Nnewi, Director of Communication in the diocese, Rev. Fr. Hyginus Aghaulor, alleged that suspected Fulani herdsmen, armed with AK47 rifles attacked and kidnapped the rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Rev. Fr. Dim adding that the kidnappers had called and demanded N2.5 million ransom for his release.
Aghaulor however, said the “Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has directed that ransom should not be paid for any of the church’s kidnapped priest pointing out that anybody waiting for payment of ransom for the release of any priest kidnapped was wasting his time.”
According to him, “anybody or group of persons waiting for the payment of ransom for the release of any priest were on their own.”
In a statement entitled: “Fulani Herdsmen kidnaps Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, demands for ransom” the church further said the incident happened on September 25, 2016, around 7pm along Nkpologwu/Nimbo Road in Enugu State.
The statement read, “The three Catholic priests were returning from Nsukka to Onitsha and Nnewi respectively, after a condolence visit to Rev. Fr. Uchenna Ezeh of Nsukka Diocese who lost his mother, when they were attacked and Rev. Fr. Dim was kidnapped while the other two priests escaped with bullet wounds.

“While Rev. Fr. Dim is still being held by the herdsmen kidnappers who are demanding a ransom of N2.5 million, Rev. Fr. Ezeokana, who lectures in both Fr. Tansi Major Seminary Onitsha and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, received treatment briefly at a hospital in Nsukka, but is now nursing his wounds at Awka his home Diocese.

“Rev. Fr. Chukwuemeka, who is the Chaplin of St Camillus de Lellis Chaplaincy, Collage of Health Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, who was shot on the head has been transferred from Memphis Specialist Hospital Enugu to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where he is presently receiving treatment

“Another Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ugwu was kidnapped on August 9, 2014 along Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi and a few weeks ago a senior seminarian was killed in cold blood in Attakwu, Enugu State, and one begins to wonder if Catholic priest have become endangered species.”
Aghaulor further criticised the South East Governors for doing nothing but mere talks and sympathy statements as their people are slaughtered like goats, “while their counterparts in the North are influencing the Federal Government in spending billions of naira to contain the Boko Haram insurgents, when something more worrisome and sinister than the activities of Boko Haram is being done in South East by the Fulani Herdsmen.

“The South East Governors and their Chairman have done nothing to protect the people of South East, the Enugu State Governor whose state is where the menacing activities of the herdsmen is worst and the state legislators have not done anything to protect the people there, they should borrow a leaf from Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

“We are in a federalism, and each state have the right to make certain law governing them, what prevents Enugu State government from making laws that can protect the people there? Governors of South East and their state Assemblies should make laws that will protect their people.”
Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lamented that since Nigeria, came into being, nobody has seen the levels of killing that are being perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen, adding that “while innocent people are left unprotected, we have seen a barrage of military wares and personnel protecting the pipelines in Niger Delta, as if oil is more important than people’s lives. Why should people be killed without provocation in their own traditional lands?

“We are asking the government for how long would this continue, is this the type of country we all signed up for, is this part of the change, are there no rules and laws in this country, all over Nigeria women are being raped, people are intimidated, innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered and property worth billions of Naira destroyed by the suspected Fulani Herdsmen.”

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