The Medical Director of Peace Hospital, Ayingba, Dr Azubuike Joel Ihenacho, was on November 21 abducted by unidentified gunmen.
On November 23, a day after the kidnapping of Fr. Matthew, two people were abducted in Nasarawa State. On the same day, another person was killed barely 24 hours after the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in the state, Philip Shekwo had been kidnapped and killed, Vanguard reported.
“We have cases of abductions, detentions, and killings by terrorist groups, criminal herdsmen, bandits, and gangs of kidnappers to contend with,” Archbishop Kaigama said in his address during the November 25 #RedWednesday, an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
The Archbishop added during his November 25 address, “Last week, in one of our parishes in Abuja archdiocese behind the parish house, five children of the same parents were kidnapped, and the following day a woman preparing for her church wedding was also kidnapped. They have not been found.”
The Nigerian Archbishop went on to encourage Western nations to put pressure on Muhammadu Buhari-led government to act decisively against insecurity as well as to share intelligence information and to generally provide more support in the fight against terrorism.
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The Western nations “must prevail on Nigerian leaders to be honest and single-minded in the war against terror. The UK and other nations with Christian roots should speak and act more in favour of freedom,” Archbishop Kaigama said November 25.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.