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Nigeria: Catholic church set ablaze in raid on village

The local governor in this case expressed sympathy, but the crisis of Christian persecution in Nigeria has grown in the face of continued inaction from the Nigerian government and law enforcement apparatus. The “bandits” are not identified in this story, but are likely either Muslim Fulani herdsmen or members of the terrorist group Boko Haram, both of which terrorize and kill Christians in Nigeria with impunity, knowing that in almost all cases there will be little or no significant response from the Nigerian government or military. These attackers have made the situation of Christians in Nigeria a human rights catastrophe of immense proportions.

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, continues to implore the United Nations and the governments of all nations that are committed to human rights and religious freedom to make the plight of Nigeria’s Christians a top priority. The Christians of Nigeria are walking the way of the Cross. May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ also bless them with the joy of a resurrection and new flourishing of their communities.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from, see here.

“Breaking: Bandits raze Catholic Church, homes in Kaduna,” by Ibrahim HassanWuyo, Vanguard, February 21, 2021:

Armed bandits have razed the building of the Holy Family Catholic Church, and two homes, in Kikwari village, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.

Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, said on Sunday that locals fled the area on receiving information that some bandits were sighted outside the village.

“On getting to the location, the armed bandits set ablaze the place of worship and the two houses,” he said. Receiving the report, Governor El-Rufai commiserated with the community, and condemned the setting ablaze of the place of worship and two houses by armed bandits.

The Governor empathized with the church and assured them that the government under his watch would continue to work hard in the fight against banditry and other crimes. …

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