Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Methodist Church donates relief materials to Benue IDPs

The Methodist Church of Nigeria, MCN, has donated two trucks and two buses of assorted food items as well as other sundry items to the Benue Government for onward distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

Prelate of MCN, Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka, on behalf of the church, made the donation in People's (Government) House, Makurdi when he led other Bishops and laymen on a condolence and solidarity visit to the government and people of the state over the killings by Fulani herdsmen.

Chukwuemeka stressed that food was the most important item that the IDPs needed now.

He said that the church was seriously disturbed at the alarming rate at which armed Fulani herdsmen were killing in North East and North Central States of Nigeria, particularly, Benue.

The prelate declared the support of the MCN for the Anti-Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, saying it was the sure way to end the ‘nonsense killings in the state.’

He said that the enactment of the law was the right step in the right direction because moving about with cattle was an obsolete way of animal husbandry.

''Even in developed countries such as South Korea, Britain and United states of America, cattle are ranched and that is the best way of rearing animals. Why should our case in Nigeria be different,'' he querried.

He condemned the killing of the two priests and 17 other parishioners describing it as barbaric and unacceptable.

''Killing in sacred places is sacrilegious and an intolerable nuisance which has to be stopped by the powers that be.”

Responding, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom commended the church for the show of love and concern by providing relief materials for the IDPs.

Ortom lamented that the state was facing a severe warlike situation because insurgents wanted to take over their land.

"The case is no longer farmers/herders crisis but a case of insurgency. We are facing a war-like situation. We have been infiltrated by terrorists and mercenaries are hired to kill Benue people.”



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