Chinedu EzeIfedigbo April 30, 2018

Christian groups on Sunday marched on the streets of Lagos, Akure, Osogbo and Ado-Ekiti to register their opposition to the recent killings in parts of the country.

They also vowed to vote out the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari accusing him of failing to deal with the problem of insecurity in the country.

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Olasupo Ayokunle, on Wednesday implored all Christians to hold peaceful protests within their church premises on April 29 to protest Tuesday’s killing of two priests and 17 worshippers at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Mbalom, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.

Coming under the umbrella of CAN, the churches led by their clergies, said they were protesting to call the attention of the federal government to the fact that Christians would no longer tolerate the wanton killings of their fellow believers by suspected herdsmen.

The Catholic Church, Baptist and some denominations had some days ago, marched in Ondo State clad in black robes to protest the murderous attack by suspected herdsmen on Christians in Benue State, which resulted in the gruesome murder of the catholic priests.

In Lagos, members of the First Baptist Church, Kosofe, protested the killings

Hundreds of worshippers with various inscriptions on placards demanded an end to the killings which are allegedly being carried out by herdsmen. They also demanded the prompt release of Leah Sharibu, the kidnapped Dapchi girl still in the custody of Boko Haram.

The Senior Pastor of the church, Festus Olatunde,accused the federal government of not doing enough in arresting the ugly situation that has led to the loss of lives and properties in major places like Benue.

He particularly frowned at the killing of worshippers in a Catholic‎ Church last week.

He said: “The killings of worshippers inside the church is condemnable, and the only way the federal government can show their sincerity is to go after the preparators to arrest them and try and serve justice. Until the federal government does that, the Church of God will not keep quiet.”

In Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, CAN on Sunday led some denominations, who suspended their normal church activities, to protest the continued killings in the middle belt region as well as other parts of the country.

The placard-carrying protesters, in their numbers, marched and declared that they were tired of incessant killings in Benue and the North-eastern part of the country.

The protest was closely watched by the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The protesters warned that the current trend had the potential of eliciting another civil war if not checked on time.

CAN warned that allowing Christians to be freely killed without response from the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, may cause “total collapse of the country.”

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