By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has demanded capital punishment for “killer herdsmen” in some parts of the country.
National President of the group, Reverend (Dr.) Felix Omobude, made the call in a statement which was made available to newsmen at the weekend in Benin City.
The statement, urged the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to match words with action in checking the recent herdsmen onslaught in Benue and Kaduna states, leading to several killings of 78 persons and maiming of several others.
He specifically called on the government at all levels to help guarantee Nigerians living in Benue state the right to life,
describing the killings at the various communities in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas (LGA) of Benue state as inexpecable.
Omobude, however, appealed to Nigerians to continue to exercise restraint even in the face of provocative and unwholesome activities of armed herdsmen and keep praying for peace and unity of Nigeria.
The statement in part reads: “The PFN President urged the Federal government to declare the killer herdsmen as a terrorist organisation.
“The federal government to wake up to her responsibility and treat these herdsmen as terrorist and fight them in the same zeal they fought Boko Haram and bring them to justice immediately.
“This decimation of communities with destruction of lives and properties must stop.
It must be stated now and clear that it is in our collective interest to maintain peace as no group has a monopoly of violence”, the statement said.