Osogbo, 20 August, 2020 / 10:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has called on the government to address the “antagonism” between Christians and Muslims in the West African country and enforce the rule of law saying the faithful of both religions suffer equally from the reported skirmishes in the country.
“There is too much violence in Nigeria and the law seems not being enforced to bring the people to respect the law, respect the life and properties of everybody,” Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi said according to a report by Nigeria’s Vanguard News Thursday, August 20.
“The mission of the state is to protect lives and we have to stop the problem of antagonism between Christians and Muslims,” Archbishop Filipazzi said and probed, “What is the state doing to ensure the security of lives and properties of the people?”
Singling out the reported crisis in Southern Kaduna, the Representative of the Holy Father in Nigeria said, “Although Southern Kaduna is an area where Christians and Catholics are in bigger number, it is important to note that many Muslims are being killed in the other parts of the North like Maiduguri where Boko Haram had bombed many mosques.”
The Italian-born Prelate who was speaking at a press conference in Our Lady and Saint Kizito Pastoral Centre in Osogbo Diocese added, “We should not be particular that only Christians are killed, Muslims are also victims.”