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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Nigerians are groaning, herdsmen on rampage – Catholic Bishops told Buhari

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians are groaning under the worsening hardship under his leadership in addition to Fulani herdsmen rampage has remain on unchecked, reports ITRealms.

Speaking through the President, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria, and Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, said, the harsh economic situation in which Nigerians are living presently is being felt everywhere.

“In many States, workers are worrying about their monthly salaries, many pensioners are crying for many months for unpaid pensions, while so many self-employed and non-employed persons and family dependents are groaning for their daily meal,” he said.

However, commending Buhari for the bail-out funds to cushion this hardship in various states, CBCN urged him to ensure that these monies are used mainly to take care of salaries, pensions and their basic human needs.

They also decried the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in all zones of the country
CBCN cited for instance the Agatu killings, the Nimbo killings and many other killings in Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa, Ondo, Edo, Delta and elsewhere which should be seriously investigated, with the perpetrators unmasked and decisively dealt with.

“Our people cannot continue to live in perpetual fear of attacks by fellow Nigerians with criminal intent. Happily, we understand that you have ordered some investigations into the Agatu and Nimbo killings. For a more permanent peace between herdsmen and farmers in our country, some streamlining is necessary for the good of the cattle rearers in the North and for the welfare of farmers in the South and elsewhere in Nigeria,” they said.

Cattle ranches, the bishops said, should be created in states known for cattle breeding, with adequate water and fodder provided and nurtured, while farmlands for root crops and other plants should be protected for their specific products in states known for such.

This, they said, will reduce or eliminate clashes stemming from trespassing.

“We certainly need these two sectors to supplement our near-total dependence on oil. But the fact that armed attacks and wanton killings have become a national threat, it should be declared an insurgency and treated as such, with the aim of dislodging the insurgents from occupied communities by the security/military operatives,” CBCN said.

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