Catholics plan protest over herdsmen activities in Enugu

Enugu State goveror, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Enugu State goveror, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Worried by incessant attacks of communities in Enugu State by herdsmen, the  Catholic Diocese of Enugu said it would stage a mass protest in the state over their activities.

On Monday April 25, 2016 armed gang said to be Fulani herdsmen attacked the Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state during which many people lost their lives and property worth millions of naira were destroyed among other communities.
The diocesan secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Ambrose C. Agu said in a statement yesterday that the protest tagged “Diocesan Peaceful Prayerful Protest March,” which will take off in the morning of Saturday, July 2, 2016 from the popular Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui New Layout to the Government House Enugu at the Independence Layout where the protesters will register their complaints to the state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Rev. Fr. Agu explained that the protest will involve priests, religious and lay faithful of Enugu diocese, adding that “Nsukka and Awgu dioceses will simultaneously be on march with us to demonstrate our condemnation of the awful activities of Fulani herdsmen in our area.”

Urging parishioners to come out en masse on Saturday, the Assistant Parish Priest of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish, Idaw River in Enugu South Local Council , Rev. Fr. Agu  while officiating at the first Mass Sunday, had told the congregation: “The protest is for all of us. We have to demonstrate our anger and condemnation of the activities of the herdsmen. We must march to the Government House on that day.”

When contacted for reaction to the planned protest, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu simply replied: “Well, I can assure you that since after the showdown at Nimbo, we have constantly engaged ourselves in interface with communities, local government chairmen, traditional rulers and identified herdsmen and leaders and other relevant stakeholders on the need for peaceful habitation. And this method has paid off and also addressed any vexing issue.”

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