Rome Newsroom, 12 January, 2022 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
After gangs of gunmen killed at least 200 people in Nigeria’s Zamfara State last week, Cardinal John Onaiyekan said that things must change.
The Nigerian cardinal explained that over the past five years armed bandits have terrorized northwestern Nigeria, causing a great deal of damage.
“They attack farmers’ fields, kill farmers and no one says anything. And then they started with kidnappings,” Onaiyekan said in an interview in Italian with Vatican News published on Jan. 10.
In the most recent incident, gangs of bandits on motorbikes attacked nine villages over the course of three days, causing at least 200 deaths, according to local authorities.
“We all weep for these victims,” Onaiyekan said.