Herdsmen Attack On Onaiyekan: Catholic Bishops urge Buhari to provide more security

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan


The Catholic Archbishop of Benin City, Dr. Augustin Akubueze and the Catholic Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Dr. Donatus Ogun have both appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the issue of the growing attacks of hoodlums in Edo State.

The Bishops who spoke against the backdrop of last Friday’s attempt on the life of John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, said the appeal became urgent following the brazenness with which the herdsmen commit atrocities in the state without adequate security checks.

Cardinal Onaiyekan was attacked by suspected herdsmen along the Benin-Ekpoma road on his way from where he went to attend the 10 years anniversary of the enthronement of Akubueze as a bishop and also to attend the 10 years anniversary of the Diocese Uromi.

“We thank God that Cardinal Onaiyekan survived the attacks of some criminals elements last week on the Benin-Ekpoma road. If something had happened to him, what would have been the story? We thank God nothing happen and we are using this opportunity to appeal to Mr. President to provide adequate security for the citizens of Edo state,” Akubueze said, in an interview in Benin City.

The catholic archbishop stressed that the responsibility of a government is to secure her people stressing that “what we are asking for is not too much for our president. If there is no security of lives and property, no investments or meaningful economic development can take place in the state and the nation at large. We need security and we are demanding that from our government”.

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

Akubueze noted that the spate of attacks by so-called herdsmen across the country “is becoming frightening,” adding that “there …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper