Disarm Fulani herdsmen, Anglican church tells FG

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican
Communion) has called on the Federal
Government to take urgent actions to
“disarm all Fulani herdsmen ravaging the
country.”
The church, which premised its demand
on the need to stem the wave of attacks
and killings of harmless farmers in the
country, also called on the Christian
Association of Nigeria to map out
strategies to curb the killings of Christians
in the country.
The position of the Anglican Church was
contained in a communique on Sunday by
Bishop Rev. Duke Akamisoko after the
second session of the third synod held at
St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, Kubwa in
Abuja.
The church expressed disappointment with
the prevalent attacks on farming
communities by the herdsmen in different
parts of the country, stressing that the
situation was inimical to Nigeria’s desire to
promote agriculture.
Akamisoko said, “The Synod notes with
dismay the prevalent attacks on farming
communities by Fulani herdsmen in
different parts of the country and demand
that more decisive actions should be taken
by the government to disarm the
herdsmen to stem the rising wave of
attacks and killings of harmless farmers as
this is inimical to its desire to diversify our
economy through agriculture.”
The cleric noted that while the church was
trying to recover from the effect of the
massive destruction of lives and property
in the North-East by Boko Haram
insurgents, the incessant killings of
Christians, like the women killed in Kano
and Kubwa, were worrisome.
The Bishop also called on the three arms
of government to guard the constitutional
provisions of freedom of worship and
association.
Speaking on the government’s anti-
corruption crusade, the church
appreciated the efforts of the government,
advising the anti-graft agencies to adopt a
strategy that would cut across all arms
and tiers of government, agencies and
departments.
Akamisoko enjoined Nigerians to cooperate
with the government for effective result.

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