In his remarks on Sunday, Pope Francis decried an attack in a Catholic church in Benue state, which left 15 people, including two catholic priests dead.
In his sermon at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed that Nigeria’s Christian community can find harmony and peace.
This is coming after Christians across churches in Benue State on Sunday held protests in their church premises, vowing to work against Buhari candidacy in the 2019.
Punch reported that members of the churches in Makurdi, the state capital, wore black attire to service. Some of them displayed placards with the inscriptions, “Buhari is responsible for the killings in Benue, ‘FG must come out to defend us,’ ‘Enough of bloodshed in Nigeria,’ ‘Enough of unlawful killings in the country,’ and ‘FG, stop herdsmen killings,’ among others.
It was also gathered that the Kogi State chapter of CAN, who joined the protest on various church premises, called for the immediate stoppage of the killings.
Speaking in his ‘Chapel of Freedom’ church in Lokoja, Kogi State Chairman of CAN, Bishop John Ibenu, called on the Federal Government to set up a truth and reconciliation commission over the attacks.
“It is a national day of prayer and protest, Christians don’t protest; if we have to, that means the issues have reached the peak.
“Killings have continued unabated and have been taken to the church. There is no grass for cattle to eat in the church, but the herdsmen invaded the church and killed worshippers.
“Government must act to make sure that this was not something aimed at the church but started in the farm” he said.
Osun Christians who also joined the protest, vowed to stop President Buhari in 2019. The Chairman, Nigeria Baptist Convention, Rev. Olumide Kehinde, told newsmen;
“We want to tell the President that enough is enough. President Buhari should look into all these killings and make sure that they are stopped.
“Buhari should ensure that the Chibok girls are released and Leah Sharibu ( the only Dapchi girl remaining in Boko Haram captivity) should be released. Leah refused to deny Jesus Christ in the face of threat and Buhari must ensure her release.
“We voted him because we wanted change but this is not the change we want. We are ready to vote for another change if he doesn’t stop the killings.”