By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT: Believers under the aegis of Concerned Christians of Rivers State tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the continuous killings in parts of the country, adding that Christians were target of the killings.
The thousands of worshipers yesterday took a peaceful protest from the State Ecumenical Centre Abonnema Wharf road to the Government House, Port Harcourt with placards bearing various inscriptions, like ‘Mr. President stop the bloodshed’, ‘Where is Leah Sharibu,’ ‘Stop burning our churches’ and others.
In an address protest letter signed by Elder Lawrence Jumbo and Dr. Okikere Iragunima, the protesters condemned the continuous retention of the present security architecture, noting that it has created the impression of alleged government complicity in the killings.
It read in part: “We stand under this sun today to give voice to the thousands that have died in the hands of unethical militia groups, chosen to be described simply as herders.
“We are uncomfortable with what we perceive as a deliberate attempt to change the narrative and mask the villains by dismissing the ongoing pogroms as mere clashes between aggrieved cattle herders and crop farmers.
However, the Legal Adviser to the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rivers State Rev. Dan Obinna urged the Federal Government to remove its hands from the issue of ranching.
Obinna, who spoke after the rally in Port Harcourt, noted that herding is a private business that government should not involved in, adding that CAN is worried that Christians are being singled out for slaughter by the herders.