Catholic priests protest against Fulani herdsmen in Enugu

Well, it does appear that the Catholic priests in Enugu state are tired and angry over the continued violent activities of suspected herdsmen within the state.

The priests held protest on Saturday to register their anger and displeasure at the menace of the herdsmen.

Catholic Dioceses of Nsukka, Awgu and Enugu all had separate protests even as thousands of church members accompanied the priests in peaceful rallies.

The Enugu Diocese had earlier announced that it would hold a peaceful march to the governor’s office to protest against the herdsmen.

The march, tagged ‘Diocesan peaceful prayerful protest march’ was planned to begin from the Holy Ghost Cathedral, through the streets of Enugu metropolis, to the Government House on Saturday.

The march was canceled however, after Governor of the state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and some members of the state executive council visited the church.

It is believed that the church had called off the protest after suspecting an alleged plan by hoodlums to take over the march.

The governor, speaking during his visit to the church said, “On the issues you have raised in this rally, I wish to state that I address you today not only as a Catholic but as your governor and the Chief Security Officer of Enugu State.  While taking my oath of office, I swore to do everything within my powers to preserve the security of lives and property of the people of Enugu State.”

“You can therefore be assured that I will not fail in this responsibility and be further assured that whatever message you convey through me to the appropriate authorities at Abuja, will be promptly delivered.”

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