Fulani Herdsmen: Catholic priests protest in Enugu
The Catholic Church in Enugu State on Saturday held mass rallies protesting violent activities of herdsmen in the state.
The three Catholic dioceses in the state, Nsukka, Awgu and Enugu, staged separate rallies and expressed their anger at the menace posed by herdsmen.
Priests and lay members of the Catholic Church turned out in their thousands for the peaceful rallies in Nsukka and Awgu dioceses.
However, the Enugu Catholic diocese shelved its plan to march to the Government House, where they intended to deliver a petition to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The march was tagged “Diocesan peaceful prayerful protest march.”
The church also made known its opposition to the proposed grazing bill in a joint press statement read by the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Callistus Onaga, and the bishops of Awgu and Nsukka dioceses.
“The free grazing of cattle in our area has now become a threat not only to the growing of crops, which is the mainstay of our sedentary people, but also to our lives. The nomadic lifestyle makes policing and the pursuit of criminals much more complex and hazardous, while providing terrorists like Boko Haram operatives with ready cover for penetrating every nook and cranny of our country,” the statement said.