In reaction to the constant reports on the killings throughout Nigeria, especially in the northern region, a Catholic cleric in Owerri, Imo state capital, Reverend Father Jerome Okonkwo, has said that the federal government is not doing much in curbing the trend, arresting the criminals and prosecuting them.
Reverend Father Jerome Okonkwo, a Catholic priest and also a former deputy vice chancellor of Imo State University, Owerri, on Sunday, July 2, said that rampant killing in the country is becoming the order of the day, claiming that the federal government is actually doing little or nothing with and that the killers are going scot free, Vanguard reports.
Concerning the trend, Okonkwo said: “Human life is very precious and should be seen and treated as such at all times. The sad thing however, is that the periodic destruction of human lives may likely become a norm in the country, if nothing decisive was done to check the trend.”
“The way people are being killed for very flimsy reasons in Nigeria is most scandalous and not even our government appears to be worried about the carnage.” While wondering if life and living no longer have meaning in Nigeria, Okonkwo also expressed worry that most times, human lives are taken away either in the name of God or in retaliation for lost cows.
“At the rate some Nigerians are killing their fellow citizens, it makes the rest of us to start querying if life and living no longer have meaning in our country. The hopeless thing about it all is that sometimes, we are told that the perpetrators of this damnable crime do it either in the name of God or in retaliation for lost cow or cows.”
The cleric urged the the federal government to do it utmost to completely end the bloodbath as a way of gaining back the people's confidence in the security system. The cleric urged Nigerians to refrain from greed in all their dealings.
He said: “How do we help others, especially those in need? We must try to positively touch the lives of others. We must care and improve the welfare of our fellow citizens.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) had reportedly given reasons why herdsmen attacked mourners in Plateau state, killing over 120 people and causing serious injuries to hundreds others.
The chairman, north central zone of the organisation, Danladi Ciroma, who condemned the attacks was quoted to have claimed the people were killed in retaliation to the killings of about 300 cows belonging to the herdsmen.
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