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‘End killings now, time is ticking’ – Onaiyekan tells Buhari

Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, on Tuesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his campaign promises of ending the killing of defenceless citizens across the country.

He also charged him to keep his vows to treat all Nigerians equally not minding their respective tribes, religion and political views.

Onaiyekan, represented at a protest by Catholic faithfuls in Abuja, by his auxiliary, Bishop Anselm Umoren, said: “Mr. President, we call on you to keep to your promise to secure the life of every Nigerian and treat all citizens equally.

“We remind you that the rampaging squad of terrorist herdsmen, who have turned Nigeria into a killing field, seem to be above the law.

“We have not heard of any arrests or prosecution of these murderers who continue to amuse themselves with the blood of innocent Nigerians.

“We wish to remind you, Mr. President, that there is no Nigeria that we know of who goes to bed with his two eyes closed. Those who go to bed with their two eyes closed are murdered in their sleep.

“We wish to remind you that the basis of the existence of government is the security of the citizens. This is what we are asking for. We are not asking for too much.

“Secure our lives. People are being cut down in our country and many of us are wondering whether there is still a government in our nation.

“Mr. President, when will the killings end? Time is ticking, and the bomb must be defused quickly.”

He also urged citizens, especially Catholic faithful, not to be discouraged by the murder of the two priests and 17 worshippers at St. Ignatius Church, Mbalom Benue state but to continue praying for the repose of their souls and for peace in the country.

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