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BREAKING: Declare armed Herdsmen Terrorist— Methodist Prelate

lagos—METHODIST Church Nigeria, acclaimed
to be the first missionary church in the country,
yesterday, reiterated its call on President
Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed
herdsmen responsible for the spate of orgy of
killings across the Middle Belt, terrorists.
Reading a 17-point communiqué signed by the
Prelate, His Eminence Samuel Kanu Uche and
Secretary to Conference, Rt. Rev, Michael
Akinwale, respectively, at the end of its 36th
Council of Methodist Bishops at the Hoarse
Memorial Methodist Church in Yaba, Lagos, the
Church Prelate, said the call became
necessary because of the herdsmen’s
ideologies that established it as Boko Haram,
which was declared a terrorist organization in
2013.
According to the Prelate who was flanked by
six Bishops, “It will be a height of injustice to
declare the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)
a terrorist group, without doing same to armed
herdsmen who have graduated from carrying
bows and arrows to sophisticated weapons,
including AK-47 assault rifles which they deploy
against host communities across the country.”
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari
The Methodist Prelate faulted the decision of
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration
to declare IPOB which was peacefully
campaigning for self determination, a terrorist
organization, while it remained silent over the
activities of the Herdsmen.
The Bishops also condemned the recent killing
of two Catholic priests and several church
members in Mbalom, Benue State by suspected
herdsmen and called on the Buhari
administration to “protect Nigerians of all faith
because by virtue of our constitution, Nigeria is
a secular state and rights and freedom of
association to any religion should not be
suppressed, attacked or subverted.”
To douse the tension already generated by the
bloodletting and sucking Herdsmen, the
Methodist Bishops applauded recent decision of
government to ban open grazing of cattle and
establish ranchers in states affected by the
Herdsmen onslaught, following
recommendations by a sub-Committee on
Herdsmen/Farmers clashes.
“Everything must also be done to promote
religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence
amongst the citizens, not minding their faith,
religious bias or creed,” the communiqué
stated, expressing disappointment over what it
described as apparent disconnect and lack of
cohesion and synergy between the nation’s
security agencies , attributing it to the kidnap
of the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.”

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