Nigeria: Catholic bishops ‘tell President Buhari to resign’

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, according to the Punch newspaper.
It is in response to 16 Catholics being killed earlier this week by people the bishops suspect are Fulani herdsmen.The victims included two Catholic priests.
A reported reprisal attack killed 27 people and destroyed two mosques.
The statement, part-published in Punch, suggests that authorities are deliberately ignoring attacks:
“How can the Federal Government stand back while its security agencies deliberately turn a blind eye to the cries and wailings of helpless and harmless citizens who remain sitting ducks in their homes, farms, highway and now, even in sacred places of worship?”
Clashes between herdsmen and farmers are increasingly common as the struggle over grazing rights and access to water becomes more acute.
In an unusual step, earlier this week the president was summoned to parliament to explain what he intends to do to tackle these attacks.
In May 2016 Catholic Bishops under the aegis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
The meeting was about the incessant attacks on communities by Fulani herdsmen.


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