Abuja, 08 December, 2020 / 8:23 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian leaders in Nigeria have, in a collective statement circulated Sunday, December 6, expressed their shock and sorrow following last month’s killing of dozens of rice farmers in Borno State, located within the country’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri.
In the statement, the leaders under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) make reference to the November 28 episode and call on security agencies “to wake up from their prolonged slumber and save their image” by apprehending the perpetrators of the killings.
“We are shocked, disturbed, saddened to learn that criminals suspected to be terrorists invaded the Garin Kwashebe community and murdered the innocent farmers while harvesting their products,” CAN officials say in the statement dated December 4.
“The massacre was wicked and completely satanic,” they add in the one-page statement signed by Pastor Bayo Oladeji, an Assistant to CAN President, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle.
At least 110 people in Nigeria’s Borno State, Northeastern part of the country were reportedly killed after suspected Boko Haram insurgents riding on motorcycles attacked farmers who were harvesting in their fields November 28.