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Flush out bad Fulani from Enugu State – Catholic Bishop tells Buhari

In the context of the murder of a priest on Thursday in the state of Enugu, the Catholic bishop of the diocese of Enugu, the Rev. Dr. Callistus Onaga, has asked the government to urgently eliminate the “bad guys” from the state.

POST DIARIO recalls that Fr. Rev. Paul Offu, 49, was killed by unknown armed men suspected of being pastors on August 1, 2019, along the Ihe-Agbudu highway in the Awgu local government area from the state of Enugu.

His death came just five months after the Reverend P. Clement Ugwu, the pastor of the Catholic Church of San Marcos, Obinofia in the area of ​​the local Ezeagu state government was killed in the parish complex.

Bishop Onaga, while speaking after a special Mass for the fateful Catholic held at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Enugu, on Sunday, said that such a measure could stop the tide of murders, kidnappings and rapes of women in the state.

The event was organized to pray for peace and security in Nigeria and the state of Enugu in particular, as well as to mourn his murdered priests, lay brothers and sisters in recent times.

In a statement entitled, “Enough is enough: a message from the Catholic Diocese of Enugu,” the Catholic Church commissioned the state government to effectively match vigilante groups to provide protection and security to their various locations.

Bishop Onaga also announced that the murdered Catholic Priest, Fr. Offu, in charge of St. James The Greater Parish, Ugbawka in the Nkanu East local government area, would be buried on August 20.

He challenged the government to formulate policies and enact laws that could control the atrocities that are imposed on people.

According to the bishop, “It seems that we are living in a state of anarchy, total breaking of law and order. In recent times, these murderers have killed an alarming number of our people, including priests and government officials.

“The kidnapping rate has continued to increase both in towns and cities. The scandalous ransom demand and the victims’ inability to pay have led to direct killings.

“In this age of technology, the deployment of surveillance devices has become very necessary in our effort to combat these security threats.

“Community leaders should give up actions that would be detrimental to the safety of their people and any betrayal must be seriously sanctioned. Security agents should not betray the information entrusted to them for the safety of people.

“Traditional leaders, unions and various youth organizations must work together and speak with one voice so that the security measures they establish are effective and successful. Our people should know that they are part of the actions to provide security and should say something when they see something.

“The government must formulate policies and enact laws that put these atrocities that are imposed on our people in check, while providing advice and other services to the victims of the shepherds’ attack.”

Bishop Onaga ordered the people of the state of Enugu to embark on intense prayers, saying that “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it will work in vain.” We must continue asking the Lord to be with us in this sad moment of our lives.

“Every family in the Diocese must pray a mystery of the Rosary every day for the safety of our Diocese.”