Nigeria's president condemns church attack which leaves 16 dead

Gunmen break into Benue church kill two priests

The President Buhari vowed that the assailants would be hunted down and made to pay for the sacrilege committed.

"Why is the federal government allowing this seeming ethnic cleansing in Benue and other middle-belt States, such that President Buhari and the entire members of his government do not see the wanton killings as anything to be anxious about?"

Mbalom resident Terhemen Angor said the attack occurred at St. Ignatius Catholic church, where worshipers had gathered.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack and described it as "vile and satanic" and that it aimed to stoke religious conflict, according to BBC.

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Engr Abounu, who spoke yesterday after an emergency security meeting at his office, said Benue was at the moment under attack from all corners as insurgents had invaded the state, picking their targets at will and spilling blood everywhere.

"People started scampering and wailing", said Angor, saying that scores were "gunned down in cold blood while many sustained injuries including bullet wounds".

The Director of Communications of the Catholic Church in the State, Moses Iorapuu, gave the names of the Priests as Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha and the church as St Ignatius Quasi parish.

Other pieces of evidence are present national policy of media censorship including labeling of the killings as "Fulani Herdsmen-Farmers clashes"; likewise secret presidential directive to public office holders in the killing areas of the country to stop speaking to the local and int'l media on the killings or disclosing details of the killings.

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"How can anybody expect Benue State for instance to contribute its own share of the $1bn security votes when the nation security architecture is not created to protect their people?"

Another Source at Tomanyiin-Mbakpaase, Saghev Council ward who is also a Journalist said the invaders launched an attack on his community on Tuesday around 11pm.

Buhari declared earlier this month he would seek a second term.

"If we are to give in to the President's assertions lately that these killer herdsmen are foreigners and that a dead Gadhafi could leave behind such deadly force that a living President and its army have no answer to, where then lies our pride as a nation", he asked.

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"The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, which is one of the largest dioceses in Nigeria, has been active in providing relief materials, including education and skills acquisition lessons, to victims of the attacks", he added.

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