Roman Catholic Bishops Plan Nationwide Strike. The unending attack on farmers and innocent citizens by suspected herdsmen especially in the middle belt region of the country has forced a planned protests by Catholic Bishops in Nigeria.
Rising from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) meeting, members of the body have fixed Tuesday, May 22, as a day of protests for Catholic faithfuls across the country.
The date was announced via a Sunday Bulletin which was circulated to all the dioceses of the church yesterday.
The announcement, entitled “Peaceful Demonstration,” read: “The CBCN has directed that every Diocese in Nigeria should organise a peaceful demonstration/ rally against the barbaric but intolerable killing of two priests and 17 others by herdsmen last month in Benue State, Date May 22, 2018. Time:10am, as the funeral of the innocent victims would be going on.
“Details of how this all important solidarity action will take place in our dioceses will be communicated through the parish priests. Every Christian and all men and women of goodwill are hereby called to participate.”
The CBCN also revealed that the protests would coincide with the burial of two priests and 17 parishioners killed by herdsmen during a morning mass at Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State on the 24th of April.