Catholic Knights Speak On Herdsmen Killings
Herdsmen and their cows blocking Imiringi Road Bayelsa State on Thursday (16/3/17)/Anthony Okpu/TA/ICE/NAN

The Catholic Knights of the Order of St. Mulumba have described the Federal Government’s inability to tackle killings in the country as alarming.

Concise News gathered that the group made the comment in a statement on Sunday where it called on the Federal Government to arrest and prosecute those behind the killings.

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“As a religious organisation, we feel highly disturbed and alarmed at the rate of confusion, acrimony and heightened anxiety dominating the Nigerian space,” the statement read.

“We note particularly a sense of despondency arising from a feeling of abandonment by government and the sheer impunity of herdsmen.

“We have watched government’s reaction or lack of it to these despicable acts of brigandage and savagery and are reminded of a Japanese proverb: ‘What you allow is what will continue’ and ‘He that spares the bad, injures the good’.

“We vehemently abhor and decry these killings, as our faith strongly prescribes the sacredness of lives and join other well-meaning Nigerians in calling a spade by its name.

“We condemn in equal measure the seeming inaction of the federal government in reining-in these brigands. It is strange that a group has been allowed unfettered access roaming freely, with high caliber weapons, using same to dispense tears, sorrows and deaths.

“We align with the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, who had earlier prescribed ranching as a viable alternative to open grazing. We note that cattle breeding like poultry and fish farming is purely a private business and we implore government to put in place structures and enabling environment for all farmers and business men to excel.”