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Police should not treat herdsmen killings with kid gloves – Archbishop

01 May 2016, 08:03

Lagos - The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Alfred Martins, on Saturday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the killings being perpetrated by suspected herdsmen in the country.

In a statement on the incessant killings of farmers and the recent invasion of Ukpabi, Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by herdsmen, Martins condemned the attacks and called on Buhari to fashion out lasting solutions to the lingering crisis.
He also challenged the security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly acts to book.

``The relevant law enforcement agencies, especially the police, should not treat the killings with kid gloves.

``Their inability to curtail the excesses of these suspected herdsmen clearly sends the signal that they are above the law,” he said.

Also read: We have a right to graze our cattle in any part of Nigeria – Fulani herdsmen

Martins tasked Buhari on the prevailing economic challenges, urging him to urgently introduce far-reaching palliatives to address the rot in the system and provide food for every Nigerian.

He also urged the Federal Government to put an end to the lingering fuel scarcity and epileptic power supply.

``The fuel scarcity has caused untold hardship to the long-suffering masses of the country who had voted them into power in anticipation of positive change,” he said.

The cleric called on the nation’s leaders to show empathy with the suffering masses by cutting down on unnecessary luxury and profligacy.

He urged them to channel the nation’s resources appropriately to enhance the living standard of the citizens.

The archbishop, while noting the complexities of challenges currently facing the country, however, urged Nigerians not to lose hope as God has not forsaken them.



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