Makurdi, 15 March, 2023 / 8:47 pm (ACI Africa).
The Federal government of Nigeria has ignored the plight of the people of God, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation said, and decried government’s inaction amid cases of Nigerians being “butchered and slaughtered daily”.
In an interview with the Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Fr. Remigius Ihyula faulted the Muhammadu Buhari-led government for targeting and intimidating those who speak against violence.
"In Nigeria, when people say injustice should be addressed, they become a target," Fr. Ihyula says in the ACN report published Tuesday, March 14.
The member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Makurdi Diocese further says, “Show me any place on Earth where people are displaced in their thousands and their government or president doesn’t visit. Our people are butchered and slaughtered daily, and our president does not come to see them.”
He continues in reference to Governor Samuel Ortom of Nigeria’s Benue State, “When our governor wants to speak about this, the president shuts him up. He says it’s an age-old thing. We ask him: why do you allow your citizens to be killed?”