Saturday 2 July 2016

#Herdsmen attack: #Catholic #church holds protest rally in #Enugu, Nsukka, Awgu

The three Roman Catholic Church Dioceses in Enugu State, Saturday, held protest rallies across the State over the menace of herdsmen.

The protest, which held simultaneously in Nsukka, Awgu and Enugu, attracted ‎thousands of the church members, including priests.

DAILY POST reports that while the protesters moved round the streets in Nsukka and Awgu Dioceses, the story was different in Enugu where they held a prayer procession at the Holy Ghost Cathedral.

The earlier schedule obtained by our correspondent showed that members of the Enugu Catholic Diocese would march round the streets before terminating at the Government House, where they would make their grievances known to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

However, the Church later received Governor Ug‎wuanyi, other members of the State Executive Council and all the Security Chiefs.

It was gathered that they were in the Church to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Addressing the Church, the Governor commended the Church for the leading role it had continued to play in the struggle against social injustice, human rights violations and other crimes against humanity in every part of the country.

‎He described the attack on Nimbo community, where scores of people were killed as “a day that will ever remain dark, sad and solemn in the memory of the people of Enugu State and indeed Nigerians at large.”
“On the issues you have raised in this rally, I wish to state that I address you today not only as a Catholic but as your Governor and the Chief Security Officer of Enugu State. While taking my oath of office, I swore to do everything within my powers to preserve the security of lives and property of the people of Enugu State.

“You can therefore be assured that I will not fail in this responsibility and be further assured that whatever message you convey through me to the appropriate authorities at Abuaj, will be promptly delivered. Regarding the proposed grazing bill, I assure you that I will duly convey your decisions on the matter to the State’s representatives at the National Assembly”, he pledged.

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