Christian groups in Nigeria held protest rallies on April 29, 2018 to condemn the senseless killings of Christians in different parts of the country, reports Premier Times.
Led by the Christian Association of Nigeria, Christians went out and marched on the streets of Lagos, Akure, Osogbo and Ado-Ekiti. They held placards calling for an end to the murderous attacks. On April 24, suspected Fulani herdsmen raided St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Benue State and killed two priests and 17 worshipers.
People are being killed on a daily basis, yet, nobody has ever been arrested and nothing tangible has been done by the federal government.
Church leaders said the rallies were held to urge the government to act on the ongoing killings of Christians in Benue and the North-eastern part of the country.
Senior pastor Festus Olatunde said, “The killings of worshippers inside the church is condemnable, and the only way the federal government can show their sincerity is to go after the perpetrators to arrest them and try and serve justice. Until the federal government does that, the Church of God will not keep quiet.”
CAN revealed that the federal government has been silent to the persecution against Christians in Nigeria. The group warned that if President Muhammadu Buhari remains apathetic to the plight of Christians, it could cause a “total collapse of the country.”
Rev. Yakubu Pam, Chairman of the CAN in Northern Nigeria, said incessant killings in the country could be prevented. He feared that the country may be facing a civil war if the situation worsens, according to online Nigerian newspaper Daily Post.
“People are being killed on a daily basis, yet, nobody has ever been arrested and nothing tangible has been done by the federal government,” he said.
Instead of cowering, he advised Christians to be vigilant and boost security in their places of worship “to avoid being attacked and killed by the enemies of Christian faith in the North.”