Following the massacre of scores of residents of Benue state by herdsmen which attracted nationwide outrage, Nigerian clerics have argued that the need to save Nigeria and put her back on the path of recovery, rehabilitation and regeneration has assumed a very grave and grievous dimension that the life of the nation as a collective is at a very dangerous peril.
According to them, “the kind of acute and accurate leadership which is at the heart of any progressive or transformational agenda has been completely non-existent in Nigeria and therefore, the story of our dear nation has been one of permanent and consistent retrogression in almost all the areas that matter most to our tried and tired people who are indeed magnanimous, forgiving and longsuffering.
They therefore urged all well-meaning and patriotic persons to rise up to steer the ship of the state away from the path of certain destruction and collapse. Eminent Christian leaders who lamented the unfortunate incidents in the country included retired Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday Ola Makinde, retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos and one time National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, and the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Rev. Felix Omobude Nigeria is at the verge of revolution, says.
Prelate Ola Makinde According to Prelate Makinde, “honestly we are in a state of confusion. There’s no fuel, there’s unprecedented unemployment and then the economy is down in addition to mindless killings of innocent Nigerian citizens and lawlessness in Benue State and adjoining states by seeming ’invincible’ herdsmen. And militants are also raising their heads up and the rest of Nigerians ask, where do we go from here? That’s the question and the answer is not far fetched. We must return to God.
Let the Federal Government please look into the killings in Benue State. From what we hear, over 75 persons, including women and children, have been killed in night raids on some Benue communities since new year day which has triggered condemnations across the country. Similar invasions took place in different parts of the country including Ondo and Ekiti. The herdsmen are daily unleashing mayhem on innocent citizens and nobody is checking them, our leaders are looking the other way.