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Killings: Defend yourselves, clerics tell Nigerians

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By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—TWO clerics, the Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma and the head of the  Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministries, Nnewi, Bishop Abraham Udeh have  condemned the killing of innocent Nigerians across the country by   Fulani herdsmen, saying it was time Nigerians defended themselves from the unwarranted attacks.

Speaking at different fora in Onitsha and Nnewi, the Bishops likened what was happening in the country to Jihad.

For Bishop Chukwuma, Nigerians should be prepared to defend themselves, describing the killings in Benue, Taraba and other parts of country as ungodly.

He also called on the Federal Government to check the activities of Fulani herdsmen before the situation gets out of hand.

In his comment, Bishop Ude also said the killing perpetrated by herdsmen on rampage in various parts of the country was an indication of a Jihad.

He said: “Cattle herding   started decades ago in Nigeria, but never in the history of Fulani herdsmen had any of them been wielding weapons such as AK47 rifle, instead of perhaps bows and sticks.”

“It is an indication that something is ominous about the new dimension and it is like the Fulanis are on the mission of forcing Islamic religion on the rest of Christian communities in Nigeria, using cattle herding as a camouflage.

“ It is their intension to wipe out Christians and  make Nigeria an Islamic country.

“These killers are not herdsmen. They are jihadists who want to turn Nigeria into an Islamic nation. But the anger and fury of the Almighty God will fall upon them.”

According to him,  President Muhammadu Buhari had failed Nigerians for not being able to checkmate the activities of these herders, adding that the Fulani herdsmen felt protected under his leadership.


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