Fulani herdsmen killed 51 of our people – Clergy

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A Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Kamai on Friday has alleged that 51 Kona indigenes were killed across 11 villages, during attacks carried out by Fulani herdsmen last month.
Kamai a native of Kona in Jalingo local government area of Taraba disclosed this in a homily he delivered during a remembrance Mass for the 51 Martyrs held at the Church of Assumption in Kona village.
According to him,  8,494 people were displaced across 11 villages of Murkunu, Murtia, Yaukani, Murbai, Yawai, Somporo, Jekunuhou, Sembe, Ndayaro, Kaudad and Keshabro in Jalingo and Ardo-Kola LGAs.
The Priest who said the Kona people though with pains in their hearts have forgiven the Fulani herdsmen who carried out the attack and called on them to repent.
“In this crisis, there is no winner,  no vanquish. I know is painful to say this looking at the number of casualties, but we pray God to turn the heart of the bereaved,  the injured,  the displaced,  widows and orphans and above all rest the dead.
“We pray God will turn the heart of those who commit evil to true conversion God’s desire. All the people who died are not dead but asleep in the Lord,” he said.
The cleric called on the government to ensure the immediate resettlement of IDPs to their original homes so that they can go back to their farms, even as he called for unity of purpose among the Kona people.
Chief of Kona, Kuru Augustine NJ endangered in his remarks appealed for calm and called on the government to ensure the return of the IDPs to their homes to continue with their farming activities.
“We attributed what has happened to the will of  God and called on the both Fulani and Kona people to give peace a
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Nigeria’s economy is comatose, endless insecurity can kill it off

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The combination of economic fragility and national insecurity is deadly for any nation. When a country’s economy is weak, unattractive for private investment and prone to shocks with little resilience, the last thing it needs is to be gripped by violence. Insecurity would, to say the least, cripple that country’s economy.

Sadly, that’s Nigeria’s situation today. By common consent, Nigeria’s economy is extremely weak and volatile, entirely susceptible to the vagaries of world oil prices and the predilections of foreign investors. Yet, its policy and regulatory environments are acutely unattractive for private investment and business growth. To make matters worse, Nigeria faces multiple, almost perpetual, threats from organised non-state violence.

In a report on state fragility, the London-based International Growth Centre, jointly run by Oxford University and the London School of Economics, noted that “Lack of security lies at the heart of fragility”, adding that: “Fragile states are ill-equipped to respond effectively to security threats. Citizens are therefore exposed to personal risks from violence”. That, precisely, is the current situation in Nigeria, with the spread and impunity of Boko Haram, the marauding herdsmen and the rampaging activities of bandits, kidnappers, cultists, suicide bombers and other violent groups.

Of course, this has been going on for several years, but things were supposed to be different under the administration President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power on a firm promise to tackle the insecurity in the country and make Nigeria safer. During the 2015 presidential election, Buhari, a former military dictator, lambasted the then president, Goodluck Jonathan, for failing to show leadership in fighting insecurity, and vowed that, if elected, he would “spare no effort” to defeat terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. After winning the election, Buhari devoted much of his first press conference to the issue. … Read More...