Catholic Church in northern Nigeria detests Boko Haram’s attacks
The Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri has cried out against what it called a ‘sustained and persistent persecution of the Church in Borno State in Northeastern Nigeria.
According to a letter of appeal for support from the Diocese, the Most Rev. Dr. Oliver Dashe Doeme said the persecution has taken an extremely dangerous dimension, since the outbreak of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009.
The letter, addressed to the Catholic Arch-Bishop of Abuja and made available to newsmen on Sunday, said that the Islamist militants were now moving from house to house to fish out parishioners to be killed.
It said that Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States governments have done little to protect the Christians in the area, as you’ll hear in this report by WADR’s Abuja Correspondent Martins Martins.
According to the letter, several churches have been burnt by the Boko Haram terrorists since the uprising took effect.
The letter noted that the most significant injustices perpetrated against Christians in the area include the refusal that Christian Religious Knowledge should not be taught to Christian children.
Despite Boko Haram’s violent attacks and persecution, the leader of the Diocese of Maiduguri vowed that the Catholic clerics and laity were determined to remain in the north.
He said they were determined to rebuild the burnt churches at the risk of their lives, as WADR’s Abuja Correspondent reports.
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