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Burnt church at Saint Pierre parish in Douroum, Cameroon. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Cameroon Says Parish “paralyzed” by Heavy Boko Haram Insurgency

Apr 3, 2022

Boko Haram militants are expanding their operations to rural villages in Nigeria and on the border with other countries, a Catholic Priest in Cameroon has said, adding that the militants have paralyzed pastoral activities in a huge chunk of his Parish.

The entrance to Christ the King Major Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma, Nigeria, whence three seminarians were abducted Oct. 11, 2021. Courtesy photo.

Victims of Persecution in Nigeria Must be Listened to, Expert Says, Bishops Decry Violence

Jan 29, 2022

Victims of persecution in Nigeria must be listened to, an expert on the persecution of Christians told students at the Franciscan University of Steubenville on Friday. 

Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, Coordinator of Home for the Needy in Nigeria’s Benin State poses with a section of displaced children at the camp. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institue

Catholic Charity Documents Harrowing Encounters of Boko Haram Victims in Nigeria

Sep 22, 2021

For years, Jeraiva has fought to rid his mind of the harrowing images of his youngest brothers being burnt to death while they were sleeping in their house in Bauchi, a State in Northern Nigeria.

Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province with the Chiefs of Kagoro and the Emir of Jama’a in Southern Kaduna. Credit: Archdiocese of Kaduna

Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Province Deplore Religious Extremism, Urge “nobility of faith”

Aug 16, 2021

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province have bemoaned the heightened insecurity orchestrated by religious extremists in the West African nation and called on the people of God in the country to stand together and reclaim “nobility of faith.” 

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Penalize President of Nigeria for Insecurity, Catholic Entity in Africa Petitions AU

Aug 9, 2021

Officials of CitizenGo, a Catholic organization spearheading family issues in Africa, has petitioned the leadership African Union (AU) to penalize President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for the heightened insecurity in the West African nation.

Fr. George Ehusani of Nigeria’s Lokoja Diocese, blessing some children during Holy Mass. Credit: Fr. George Ehusani/georgeehusani.org

Catholic Priest’s Psycho-Spiritual Initiative Seeks to Address Growing Trauma in Nigeria

Aug 5, 2021

Nigerians in the Northern part of the West African nation and other regions of the country that are experiencing militant attacks are traumatized, a Catholic Priest who spearheaded an institute that provides psycho-spiritual support for victims of religious extremism in the country has told ACI Africa.

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Over 3,000 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 2021, Highest in Years: Intersociety Report

Jul 30, 2021

Thousands of Christians have been hacked to death by militants in Nigeria in the first 200 days of 2021, a recent investigation has established, further revealing that the number is the highest in years.

One of the Nigerian borders. Credit: Public Domain

Militants in Nigeria Thriving on Porous Borders, Ransom, Illegal Mining

Jul 27, 2021

Boko Haram militants and other terrorist groups in Nigeria are finding it easy to engage in illegal trade across the country’s vastly porous border, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has told ACI Africa.

Fr. George Ehusani of Nigeria’s Lokoja Diocese, the Executive Director and Lead Faculty of the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation
Credit: Fr. George Ehusani/georgeehusani.org

How Sympathizers in Nigeria’s High-ranking Positions are Stalling Fight against Militants

Jul 23, 2021

Boko Haram sympathizers and other people who support the ideology of having Nigeria as an Islamic State are stalling the fight against militants in the West African country, an award-winning Catholic expert in the country has told ACI Africa.

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020/ AFP/Getty

Despite Danger, Clergy of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese Ministers to Refugees of Terrorism

Jul 17, 2021

Father Joseph Bature Fidelis of the Diocese of Maiduguri is aware of the danger priests face from local Islamist terror groups.  

Bishop Charles Michael Hammawa of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Growing insecurity in Nigeria worrisome, needs to be urgently addressed”: Catholic Bishop

Jul 10, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has described the challenge of insecurity in the West African nation as “enormous” and “worrisome” and called for urgent action “to defeat the forces of evil” in the country.

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: DHPI

Over 800,000 Displaced in Nigerian State as Catholic Charity Decries Silence on Crisis

Jun 30, 2021

Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has decried the continued silence on the growing crisis in the Eastern and Southern regions of Nigeria with reports indicating that over 800,000 people have already been displaced in one State of the region that is ravished by armed herdsmen.

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Organization in Africa Warns of “a gathering storm” in Southern Nigeria

May 27, 2021

With the ongoing fight against Boko Haram that continues to wreak havoc in the Northern parts of Nigeria, the world seems oblivious of the deteriorating security situation in the Southern part of the country, a Catholic peace entity working in the region has said and warned of “a gathering storm.”

Seminarians carry the coffin of their colleague Michael Nnadi during his burial on 11 February 2020/ Aid to the Church in Need

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The Religious Extremism Fueling Violence in Nigeria

May 15, 2021

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese during the  April 13 Mass. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria

“The suffering Boko Haram has inflicted will scar our society for life”: Nigerian Bishop

Apr 15, 2021

The negative effects of the actions by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria will always be felt by the people of God in the West African nation, a Catholic Bishop has said.

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Unite, Act to Free Leah Sharibu: Nigerian Christian Leader to International Community

Feb 24, 2021

On the third anniversary of the abduction of the Nigerian Christian schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, a Christian leader in the West African nation has appealed for “intentional concerted efforts” across borders to demand for her release. 

Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped  3years ago / Courtesy Photo

Do All in Your Power to Secure Release of Leah Sharibu: Nigerian Archbishop to President

Feb 22, 2021

Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, the Archbishop of Lagos has called on the country’s Head of State to “do all in his power … to secure her release.”   

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province after their July 13 to14 meeting held at Nigeria’s M&M centre, Ilorin, Kwara State. / Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

Bishops in Nigeria Support “alternative” Security Outfits, Say Authorities Have Failed

Jan 31, 2021

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have decried the lack effectiveness of security forces in combating violence in the West African country and expressed their support for “alternative and lawful initiatives” that have emerged to restore peace in the country.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese.

Despite Boko Haram Insurgency, Christian Faith on the Rise in Nigeria: Catholic Bishop

Jan 8, 2021

Increased Boko Haram attacks meted against Christians in Nigeria are not undermining the practice of Christian faith in the West African country, a Catholic Bishop in one of the worst hit regions of the country has said.

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu pictured shortly after his released Wednesday, December 16.

Nigerian Religious Cleric Abducted Tuesday “unconditionally released”

Dec 17, 2020

The Nigerian Religious Cleric abducted earlier this week on his way to his dad’s funeral has been “unconditionally released,” the leadership of his Religious Congregation has announced.