Wednesday, 22 August 2012

"Do not abandon us or Nigeria will face destruction" by Archbishop Kaigama

At the meeting in Rimini the president of the Nigerian conference of bishops launched an appeal to the international community
"Put pressure on your governments, do not abandon us otherwise Nigeria will face destruction." This appeal was launched by Mgr. Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos and President of the Episcopal Conference of Nigeria.
For months the country has lived in violence which mostly seems directed at the Christian community.
The Archdiocese of Mgr. Kaigama itself came under attack and the number of victims has already risen to approximately 800 since the beginning of the year.
 "It is crucial that the international community react," he emphasized and "we need to focus our efforts on guaranteeing Nigerians' religious freedom."
Talking to the audience at the Cl meeting which opened today at the Rimini Fair, the bishop has already become a symbol of this tragedy and of the Church's endurance.
He talked about the everyday life of the Christian people who especially in the northern part of the country "live in constant fear because Boko Haram fundamentalists hit innocent targets, often people attending service. Even at Christmas we suffered attacks and there were victims."
But he also talked about young Christians in his diocese who are frustrated and "ask the Church money to buy weapons for revenge and fight the Muslims. But I tell them I am not a warrior. My job is to promote peace."
A peace threatened also by the hardships of the population. The local Church also helps with "water, health services and other aids. I go around the villages feeling a little like a social worker while government officials stay in their air conditioned offices."

Source:  Vatican Insider

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