The Nigerian Police in Adamawa State have stopped a peaceful protest organised by the state Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.
The protest called by the CAN chairman, Adamawa State, Bishop Stephen Mamza, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 drew a large turnout from Christians who trooped to St. Theresa Catholic Church, the venue initially planned for the take-off of the procession.
But Mamza, shortly before the take-off of the protest scheduled for 9am told the congregants who had turned up for the protest that the police had canceled it.
CAN said the protest was to draw the government’s attention to the protection of human lives whether Christian, Muslim or Fulani.
He gave an instance of the recent attacks in Mayo-Belwa which claimed the lives of several Fulani.
CAN also spoke against the federal government’s neglect of the state on matters of security. It said the FG’s silence was disturbing because the killings have not abated.
Mamza who said the procession would have afforded the church the opportunity to present its petition to the State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, who will then pass it on to President Muhammadu Buhari, was refused the permission for the peaceful procession.
“The police have refused to grant us the permission but they cannot refuse us access to God. The police have no authority to stop us access to God,” Bishop Mamza said.
A terrorist group known as the Fulani herdsmen militia have been attacking villages the Middle Belt region of Nigeria – namely, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa States and Southern Kaduna – leaving a trail of blood and bodies. Most of their victims are Christians – men, women, children, even babies.
Human rights activists say that as many as 8,800 Christians have been murdered by the terrorists since President Muhammadu Buhari came to office in May 2015.
A Washington Post report, in July 2018, says that the Fulani herdsmen terrorism has now surpassed Boko Haram in death toll.
Additional reports by Oriental Times.
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