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Why Buhari must go now- Catholic Bishops


Amidst growing concerns about the recent killings two Catholic priest and 15 other persons by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, North Central Nigeria, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
The CBCN urged Buhari to stop presiding “over the killing fields and mass graveyard” that the country had allegedly become and choose the part of honour by considering “stepping aside to save the nation from total collapse.”
The CBCN made the call in a communiqué signed by its President Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze, Archbishop of Benin City;, and Secretary, Most Rev. Camillus Umoh, and made available to the media on Thursday evening.
The bishops, in the communiqué titled, “When will this barbarism end?” condemned the increasing attacks by the suspected herdsmen, whom they said had turned the country into a massive graveyard.
They also described the killing of the priests and 15 parishioners in the Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State on Tuesday as a dastardly act that was “carefully planned.”
The communiqué read in part, “That our two priests, Fr. Joseph Gor and Fr. Felix Tyolaha, along with their parishioners were waylaid in the course of the celebration of the Holy Mass early in the morning, suggests very clearly that their murder was carefully planned. This wicked act cannot be said to be a revenge attack (as is often claimed).
“Whom have these priests attacked? Indeed, we have just discovered that on January 3, this year, Fr. Gor tweeted, ‘We are living in fear. The Fulani are still around here in Mbalom (where they (priests) were killed). They refuse to go. They still go grazing around. No weapons to defend ourselves.’
“Their desperate cries for security and help went unheeded by those who should have heard them. They could have fled but, true to their vocation, they remained to continue to serve their God unto death.”

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