The Catholic Church in Abuja is organising a peaceful protest against repeated attacks by suspected herdsmen across the country, the church announced Monday.

The attacks, according to Amnesty International, claimed over 160 lives in January alone.

In March, a Catholic Church was attacked in Benue state, with 19 people, including two priests, killed.

The protest will hold on Tuesday in Abuja. It is meant to coincide with the burial of some of the Benue attack victims.

According to a statement by the Arch Bishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, the protest will begin at the Christian Ecumenical Center and end at the procathedral in Garki.

Mr Onaiyekan’s statement said the church planned to ensure that the protest is conducted without hitches and invites other well meaning Nigerians to partake in it.

“Because of the barbaric killing of human beings in Nigeria, and erosion of the perception of life as sacred and in union with the Diocese of Makurdi, we want to express our deepest displeasure over the ugly happenings in our country and pray for the nation,” the statement said.

“Trouble makers should please keep-off. I want this march and prayer to be peaceful from the beginning to the end and to send a powerful message to the Government of our country and the rest of the world for positive change,” the statement said.

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