Abuja, 05 November, 2020 / 10:05 pm (ACI Africa).
A Nigerian-born Catholic Cleric and Sister ministering in the Diocese of Brooklyn within the Archdiocese of New York in the United States have blamed the ongoing attacks meted against Christians in Nigeria on the laxity of the government to act, saying that attackers are getting help to carry out the atrocities.
The violence in Nigeria, which has been likened to a genocide has attracted global condemnation with Catholic Bishops in the West African country relentlessly calling on the government to act to end abductions and killings that seem to target Christians.
In an interview with London-based Catholic media outlet, The Tablet, Fr. Cosmas Nzeabalu and Sr. Elizabeth Ogbu, both assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn, say that they believe the Nigerian government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has done little to prevent ongoing violence between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers.
According to Fr. Cosmas, the government is too easy on Fulani herdsmen who have carried out a series of attacks against innocent civilians. He said that while the herdsmen might not be acting at the government’s order, President Buhari, himself a Fulani, seems uninterested in bringing an end to the violent killings in the country.
Referencing the Nigerian President, Fr. Cosmas posed, “How does he say he’s not part of the problem? You are the commander-in-chief. Why are you not putting out a clear warning against such killings and such behavior?”