The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has strongly condemned the killing of two priest, Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha among 19 other catholic worshipers at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ayar-Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, which took place on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
According to reports, herdsmen in two different attacks killed no fewer than 50 persons and burnt down over 70 houses.
In a statement to the media, Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola condemned attacks on religious places.
He also called on the masses to stop hate speech as most of the killings in the middle belt have been observed to be ignited by hate speech.
He further called on the Federal Government to do everything possible to stop the bloodshed in the country.
The statement reads: “Although the attackers also burnt 50 houses and sacked the entire community, we are singling out the vicious attack on the church for strong condemnation. Those who attack the house of God have no single atom of piety in their hearts. They should therefore not expect mercy from Allah, the Supreme Creator. They seek to set different ethnic groups and religions at one another’s throats. But they will fail by the Grace of Allah.
“We are constrained to observe that most of the killings around the Middle Belt area are ignited by hate speech. We therefore appeal to Nigerians to exercise caution in their utterances, to respect human life, tolerate and forgive one another. Every peaceful community is a round hole whereas vengeance is a square peg. It is therefore an alien instrument designed to cause commotion.
“We charge the Inspector General of Police to bring the killers of the worshipers in St. Ignatius Catholic Church to book. We implore the Federal Government to do everything possible to stop the carnage in the country, particularly in Benue and Taraba.”