Makurdi, 26 August, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Those behind the ongoing killings, kidnappings and displacements targeting Christians in Nigeria are well connected individuals internationally and are misrepresenting the extent of the persecution in the West African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Makurdi Diocese has said.
In the latest update of the security situation in Nigeria’s Benue State, which is served by the Diocese of Makurdi, Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe appeals to Catholic entities, including the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, and Denis Hurley Peace Initiate (DHPI), to help in amplifying the voice of the Diocese that is at the heart of the ongoing persecution in Africa’s most populous country.
“In Nigeria, the perpetrators of the genocidal attacks on innocent Christians are connected internationally and sometimes attempts are made to change the narrative. This is why we need you to be our voices and help get our stories out,” Bishop Anagbe is quoted as saying in the Thursday, August 25 report.
In the report that the Diocese also shared with ACI Africa, the Catholic Bishop adds, “It is my hope that you will continue to advocate and lobby the international community and other prominent agencies to speak out about this issue before it is too late.”
The update that covered the month of July and part of August indicates a sharp increase in the attacks in various parts of Benue State, with August registering most attacks. The Diocese documented a total of 14 separate attacks of varying magnitude across the Nigerian State between July 1 and August 25.