Group frowns at `money marriage’ in Cross River community

By Christian Njoku The Chief Executive Officer of Twin Initiative, Buchi Oyeniyi, has called for an end to the barbaric practice of money marriage among the Becheve people of Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River. Oyeniyi made the call at a strategic meeting of stakeholders held in Calabar on Tuesday. According to her, money …

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Ogun Catholic faithful protest herdsmen’s killings

Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

In compliance with the directive of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, on Tuesday, embarked on a peaceful protest.

The protest was to condemn the killing of two priests and 17 parishioners in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Leading scores of Catholic faithful during the protest in Abeokuta, Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese,  Olukayode Odetoyinbo, appealed to the Federal Government to be responsive and put a stop to the killings of Nigerians.

Odetoyinbo, who said some elements in the government might be behind the killings, noted that for peace to reign in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration must do everything within its power to stop the senseless killings.

“We may not know the reason behind the killing, but I and the church believe that some people know why and how the killings are going on. These are the people we are calling upon, especially our president and all the executive arms…

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10,000 Catholic faithful protest in Nsukka, call for immediate end to violence

Felix Ikem, Nsukka

Despite a heavy downpour witnessed in Nsukka, on Tuesday, over 10,000 Catholic faithful of Nsukka Diocese marched round the town in protest against the killing of two Catholic Priests and 17 others in Mbalom, Benue State, last month.

The protesters, while calling on the Federal Government to stop the incessant killing of Christians and farmers by suspected herdsmen across the country, sang heartrending songs and  displayed placards which read: ‘Life is sacred’; ‘Our Leaders Save Us’; ‘Christians Lives Matter’; ‘Enough is Enough’; ‘Leaders Sit-up or Resign’, among others.

Vicar General of the Diocese, Reverend Father Greg Nnamani, who led the protesters on behalf of the Bishop of the Diocese, Bishop Godfrey Onah, demanded that government should stand up to the security challenges ravaging the country so that the masses will not be forced to take up arms to defend themselves.

Said he, “We want to use this opportunity to remind the government…

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Catholics ground Yenagoa

Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

 Catholic faithful of Bomadi Diocese, IN Bayelsa State, on Tuesday, joined other Catholics in Nigeria to stage a peaceful protest in Yenagoa, the state capital, over the frequent brutal killing of Christians by herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast and middle belt regions of the country.

Bishop of the Bomadi Diocese, Most Revd Hyacinth Oroko Egebo who led the protest with full participation by other priests in the diocese from St Matthias Catholic Church , Amarata, Yenagoa sang ‘Ave Maria’ and marched from the gate of the church to Bayelsa State Government House, Onopa.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: “Life Is Sacred”, “FG Act On The Killings”, “Enough Is Enough”, “Stop The Killings Or Resign”, “Why Value Cows More Than Humans”, “We Demand Good Governance” and “Enough Is Enough Herdsmen, Terrorists And Their Political Supporters”.

At the Government House gate, the protesters were received  by…

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