Catholic bishops hold prayers for victims of Benue killings


The four Catholic dioceses in Benue yesterday held prayer to mark one month memorial session for the 73 victims who were given mass burial on January 11.
The prayer session was led by the Catholic Bishop of Gboko, Williams Avenya; Makurdi, Chikpa Anagbe; Otukpo, Michael Apochi; and Katsina Ala, Peter Adobo.
Chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and Bishop of Jos Catholic Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama also attended the occasion.
Speaking at the event, Governor Samuel Ortom said government was committed to ensuring that insecurity in the state was put to a stop.
He expressed gratitude over the stand by the Church in supporting good cause that would lead to the development of the country.
He commended the Catholic Church for organising the prayers to mark one month remembrance for the January 1 herdsmen attack victim.
“As a church you have demonstrated that you stand for us and for justice and as a government there is nothing we can also do than to stand with the people,” he added.
Speaking at the occasion, chairman o the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, emphasised the need for the church to remain united and pray for its people.
He expressed worry over the attacks on innocent lives, saying Nigerians were killed in multitude almost on a daily basis and nothing was being done.
“If one man is killed elsewhere in America it becomes a big issue, buthere in Nigeria people are killed like chickens.
“We must team up together and prevent strangers from taking over our land. We must also teach our people to transcend ethnicity, religionand politics to work for their common interest,” he noted.

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