The Supreme Council of Bishops, otherwise called World Council of Bishops, has written to President Buhari, pleading for mercy for five young fellows condemned to death by a court in Adamawa for the executing of a herdsmen.
A Yola High Court had on June 11, 2018 condemned the five men from Kodomun in Demsa committee zone of the state to death by hanging for killing a herder in retaliation to the several killings in the area.In the letter, the clerics noticed that Nigeria “has experienced untold bloodshed from killings, disfiguring, traumatisation of innocent natives around the north eastern, north centra and Middle Belt states, because of the continuous assaults by the local herders times without number.”
The correspondence, titled, “special request for presidential pardon: Killing by hanging of five young fellows,” was signed by founding Primate, Abuja, Nigeria, Archbishop (Dr.) P. Sunday; Ecclesiastical Prelate Administrator, Houston, Texas, United State, Archbishop (Dr.) H. Parker; Apostolic Nuncio and Prelate to Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, Bishop (Dr.) J. Onyegbulem; and Ecclesiastical Prelate to West Africa, Niamey, Niger Republic, Bishop (Dr.) J. Hussein.
The pastors lamented that “till date no satisfactory justice had been meted out on them commensurate to the lives and property lost.” I therefore totally condemn and opposes passionately the capital punishment passed on the five young fellows on Monday, June 11, 2018 by a court of competent jurisdiction in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria denounced and charged for killing a herdsman.”
The letter, dated June 13, 2018 from the World Episcopal Headquarters in Texas, U.S., was steered through the Africa Episcopal Headquarters, Lagos and duplicated the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Samuel Onnoghen; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; and in addition Governor Mohammed Jibrilla and the state’s Attorney General, Silas Bala Sanga.
The clerics included “what our country Nigeria sues until further notice in our nascent democracy is peace and serenity, and not something else.”