Femi Atoyebi, Friday Olokor, Jesusegun Alagbe, Armstrong Bakam, Enyioha Opara, John Charles and Justin Tyopuusu
Disturbed by the incessant killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt, including death of priests and worshippers in recent times, some Christian clerics have asked for special insurance against harm and death for them and other church workers.
A cross-section of Christian clerics, including heads of church bodies and units in the region, in separate interviews with Saturday PUNCH, said although their insurance was from God, they still needed life insurance because God would not come down from heaven to help them.
According to them, the special insurance package was necessary considering the level of insecurity in the region and risks they face as clerics.
For instance, Presbyter of Methodist Church Nigeria, Makurdi Circuit, Benue State, Very Reverend Ochoche John-Friday, said with the incessant killings and attacks on churches by suspected Fulani herdsmen/militias, it had become imperative for church authorities to provide life insurance covers for their pastors.
“God has called us to do his work and we are convinced that as Methodist ministers, God is doing everything to ensure that our lives, family members and property are safe. We know God is our insurance, but the church needs to insure us, particularly now because of the killings by herdsmen in our state.
“Day after day, people are being killed; and worst of all, the Federal Government that is supposed to ensure the safety of lives and property of its citizenry, is doing little or nothing at all to bring these killings under control,” he said.