The Oasis Reporters
May 23, 2018
The killing of Rev Fr. Joseph Gor and his priest colleague, Rev Fr. Felix Tyolaha by
Fulani herdsmen terrorists in Mbalom community of Gwer East Local Govt. Area of Benue State on April 24, 2018 became the spark for Archbishop Alfred Martins to brief journalists on Sunday, 13th May, 2018 at the Holy Cross Cathedral about the solemn prayer protest to hold on May 22.
What subsequently happened was massive, far more effective than the liberation theologies to deepen freedom in Latin America in the 80s.
In the middle belt region of Nigeria where priests have been murdered by Islamist herdsmen militia while celebrating mass, the protest resonated with angry passion that while the people were being killed on their land, the government has been lethargic in protecting the minority Christian tribes and has been ineffectual in arresting the bloodletting.
A Requiem Mass kick started the protest at St Leo’s Catholic Church, Toyin Street, Ikeja. After the Mass, the Catholic faithfuls marched from St Leo’s to Lagos State Government House, Alausa to see Governor Ambode.
The Archbishop then presented the Archdiocese’s protest letter to the governor for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari.
A similar Requiem Mass held in many catholic dioceses in Nigeria at the same time the two slain priests, Rev Fr. Joseph Gor and Rev Fr. Felix Tyolaha where being buried in Benue State.
The Benue state government declared Tuesday May 22 as a work free day to enable Catholic faithfuls as well as other Christians join in the massive protest in the two dioceses in Benue, Oturkpo diocese and Makurdi diocese.
In Lagos Archdiocese all Presidents of Societies, organizations and members wearing their uniform came out on Tuesday May 22 to make a statement that ‘enough is enough’.
But will the government rise to it’s constitutional responsibilities and protect the ordinary people of Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Nassarawa States, etc?
Everyone is watching, including the American president, Donald Trump who told Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari in no uncertain terms that he would work really hard to see that the killings stop.