Representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari Monday night at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It was obvious the clergymen had gone to discuss the matter of “Fulani herdsmen” committing murders in remote villages. The most recent attacks of the hoodlums happened at Nimbo in Enugu State on April 25. Over 40 people were killed.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and presidential aides were also present. The bishops were led to the meeting by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, the archbishop of Jos and president of CBCN. Other were the archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan; the bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Godfrey Onah; the bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah; and archbishop of Benin City, Augustine Akubeze. There were also bishops Felix Alaba Job, Anthony Obina, Valeria Okeke, Gabriel Abegunrin, Matthew Ndagoso, Lucius Ugorji, William Ayenya, John Nyiring, Camillus Umoh, Ralph Madu, and John Okoye.
Although the hoodlums are widely known as “Fulani herdsmen”, there are indications they are Boko Haram terrorists that have sworn to dismember Nigeria. Agatu in Benue State and other middle-belt towns have come under the “herdsmen”‘s attacks.