Religious leaders condemn Benue killings, call for strong investigation

Religious leaders condemn Benue killings, call for strong investigation

- The clerics want an urgent and very strong investigation into the killing of the Catholic priests and other church worshippers in Benue

- The clerics say if the perpetrators are not brought to justice, then the country is in danger

- One of them advises President Muhammadu Buhari not to be distracted by his re-election bid over the issue

Two religious leaders, on Friday, April 27, reacted separately in Imo state over the killing of Catholic priests and some church worshippers in Benue just as they also called for serious probe by the government into the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of the two clerics, Pastor Ben Asimobi, the general oversea of Christ Arena Ministry, urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow the issue be swept under the carpet like others.

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According to him, Nigeria is in for “very big trouble if the perpetrators of this evil act are not brought to book.

“Nigeria is prone to serious trouble if things continue like this and we all must work together to ensure that peace and unity thrive.”

The pastor said that if care was not taken, Nigeria might end up fighting a religious war and but this could be averted if perpetrators were brought to book.

The other cleric, Pastor Obinna Izuchukwu, appealed to Buhari to focus on the security challenges in the country and not re-election.

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“Now we are having problem of security and people are talking about reelection of the president.

“Mr President should not be distracted by his reelection bid; he must first face the problem of insecurity squarely,” he said. earlier reported that the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has placed a curse on the gunmen who attacked St Ignatius Catholic Church, Ayar-Mbalom in Gwer East local government area of Benue state and killed two reverend fathers and other church members.

The gunmen, believed to be suspected herdsmen, had invaded the church and killed 15 worshippers including two Catholic priests, whose names were given as Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha.

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