Two Catholic priests, Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha have just been brutally murdered this morning by herdsmen in Ukpo-Mbalom in Makurdi Diocese, with some of their parishioners who went for morning Mass. Fr. Tyolaha had been displaced by herdsmen in his own parish and he went to take refuge in Fr. Gor’s parish. But the herdsmen still carried out what they know best. More than any other institution in Nigeria, the Catholic Church has been in the vanguard of calling our political leaders to stand up to their responsibility of protecting lives and property. Recently the Bishops called again on President Buhari to give close attention to Nigeria’s degrading security situation. In his Easter message, Bishop Kukah called on the President and his security advisers to wake up to the daily orgies of blood in the nation. Citizens are needlessly dying everyday across the country and nobody is bringing the merchants of death to justice. Those who think that anyone who speaks out against impunity in Nigeria does not like the face of President Buhari or the APC should take note. This country is sliding into anarchy. T.Y. Danjuma called for self-defense a few weeks ago and he was gagged by many publicists and social media tyrants. Nigeria is sliding into anarchy! President Buhari, watch it! Watch it! Watch it! When you visited Benue State a few weeks ago you told the people to try and accommodate “their brothers”, meaning the herdsmen. Is this the kind of accommodation you want? Accommodation that brings brutal and violent death?
See what Fr. Gor wrote on his Facebook page in January. Today he is no more. But history does not die! I’m very sorry that I had to post the lifeless body of Fr. Gor, covered with blood in his priest’s cassock. I know the ethics of journalism. But there comes a time when Evil must be called by its name. This is where Nigeria is today!