By Ikhili Monday EBALU, Benin City
Catholic in Benin City, on Tuesday, defied the early morning rain to join other Catholic faithful across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to protest the wanton killings in the country.
The Catholic faithful drawn from the eighteen local government areas of the state in their thousands gathered as early as 8:am at the St. Paul Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin before marching through the major streets with placards of various inscriptions that read thus “stop rendering people homeless, cattle grazing is private business, the Catholic Church in Nigeria rejects Federal Government of Nigeria’s poor handling of security in the country, please, do not turn Nigeria into an animal kingdom”.
They however converged at the Holy Cross Cathedral at Mission Road.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the procession, the Catholic Archdioces of Benin, most Rev. Fr. Augustine Akubeze , said the wanton killings in the country has become unbearable thus, necessitated the peaceful protest.
“Many gruesome killings in the country and the hallmark of it is the killing of the catholic priests along with the 17 parishioners in Makurdi.
“So this very date to day, the bishops are gathered in Makurdi to celebrate the mass of the death for those two priests and the other parishioners. It is the height of the insecurity in the country. So that is what prompted this action”, he said.
Akubeze represented by very reverend father Augustine Ehigie, Vical general, Archdioces of Benin, said those who are involved in the killings in the country should be criminalized.
“First and foremost, those who are involved should be criminalized. We do not want an ambiguous statement about it. They should call a spade a spade.
“Secondly, they have to beef up the security across the country.
“Moreso, let people love themselves. Now, people are disenchanted”, he said.