Catholics in Nigeria on Tuesday embarked on a nationwide prayer and peaceful protest against incessant killings and attacks most parts of the country.
This comes three weeks after the Christian Association of Nigeria organised a similar protest against the senseless murders of innocent Nigerians by armed groups.
The protests, in line with the directive from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, iss aid to be in supplication to God and in solidarity with those killed in Benue State, including two priests and 17 worshippers who were brutally murdered during mass.
Catholics in Edo, Oyo, Benue, Lagos, Kaduna, Adamawa, Kwara states and other parts of the country on Tuesday occupied the streets marching peacefully, carrying placards calling on government to protect lives and property.
The peaceful protest coincides with the burial of the 17 church members and the two priests killed during a mass in Mbalom, Benue State.
The Vicar General, Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Very Reverend Father Thaddeus Olaolu Ajayi told journalists that Nigerians need to embrace peace and love rather than engage in killings.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to do all in his capacity to ensure that the lives of Nigerians are safe just as he called on perpetrators of evil to desist from it and not incur the wrath of God.
Catholics in Niger State converged on Tuesday morning at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Minna, the state capital, where Reverend Father Gabriel Nelson Onuh expressed concern over insecurity, kidnapping, activities of armed bandits and Boko Haram insurgency.