Reverend Fathers attached to the Catholic Diocese of Enugu state on Friday took to the streets on Friday to protest the alleged continued attacks targeted at them.
The priests marched through major streets in their hundreds, carrying placards with inscriptions urging the state government to urgently address the “rising insecurity” in the state.
They were at the state government house as well as the state police command headquarters where they dropped letters stating their grievances.
The protest was triggered by the death of Paul Offu, parish priest of St. James the Great parish, Ugbawka, who was shot dead on Thursday by yet-to-be-identified persons.
In an interview with TheCable, Benjamin Achi, communications director of the diocese, accused herdsmen of being behind the attacks in the state including the one that led to Offu’s death.
“The rate of insecurity has gone out of hand and the government should rise to the occasion,”he said.
“The fulani herdsmen have been killing people repeatedly. The incident yesterday makes it third priest attacked in recent months.”
He added that the agitation goes beyond the priests and concerns all the citizens in the state.
“It is not just about the priests, it is about the people as well. Most people cannot even go to their farms,” Achi said.
“The priests are so angry; we dropped our message with the governor and left.”