His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, on Saturday called on the leaders of Fulani herdsmen to caution their people against violence before things get out of hand in the country.
Naija News understands that Onaiyekan, made the call at a mass to celebrate his 50th Priestly Ordination Anniversary in Abuja.
While speaking on Saturday, August 3, the Nigerian priest stressed that herdsmen should be worried at the rate which they were being mentioned for something evil.
He noted that at this rate the herdsmen are being attributed to evil in the country, very soon the country will no longer accommodate the Fulanis.
“If I am a Fulani, I will do whatever it takes to advise them to stop giving the Fulanis a bad name because people are saying that every attack in the country right now is perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen”, the Nigerian Archbishop was quoted to have said.
“Many who were kidnapped, after their release reported that their kidnappers were Fulani herdsmen, so we can start by cleaning up the Fulani camps so that those using the Fulani names for evil will not do so anymore.
“Rev. Fr Paul Offu, who was shot dead on August 1, 2019, was said to have been killed by some hoodlums suspected to be the notorious and murderous Fulani herdsmen,” he said.
He, however, prayed for the soul of Fr Paul Offu to rest in peace, adding that: “We pray that those whose job it is to secure the nation will brace up to the challenge and do what is required of them.”
The Nigerian Archbishop in his statement noted that he had never regretted being a priest.
He stressed that like every person in life, the priesthood had its own challenges and as a priest, there were sacrifices one must make.
“As a priest, you must be ready to sacrifice and get use to some of the inconveniences that come with it, priesthood is not as difficult as they make it to look,”the Prelate added.
The warning of the Nigerian Archbishop in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital comes after Naija News reported that Priests in their large numbers stormed the streets in Enugu to protest the killings allegedly comes after