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    Methodist Bishop Tells Buhari to declare Fulani herdsmen terrorists

    METHODIST Church,lagos Nigeria, acclaimed to be the first missionary church in the country, yesterday, reiterated its call on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed herdsmen responsible for the spate of orgy of  killings  across the Middle Belt, terrorists.

    According to the Prelate who was flanked by six Bishops, “It will be a height of injustice to declare the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist group, without doing same to armed herdsmen who have graduated from carrying bows and arrows to sophisticated weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles which they deploy against host communities across the country.”

    The Methodist Prelate faulted the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s  administration to declare IPOB which  was peacefully campaigning for self determination, a terrorist organization, while it remained  silent over the activities of the Herdsmen. 

    The Bishops also condemned the recent killing of two Catholic priests and several church members in Mbalom, Benue State by suspected herdsmen and called on the Buhari administration to “protect Nigerians of all faith because by virtue of our constitution, Nigeria is a secular state and rights and freedom of association to any religion should not be suppressed, attacked or subverted.”

    “Everything must also be done to promote religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence amongst the citizens, not minding their faith, religious bias or creed,” the communiqué stated, expressing disappointment over what it described as  apparent disconnect and  lack of cohesion and synergy between the nation’s security agencies , attributing it to  the kidnap of the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.”

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