Abuja, 01 February, 2021 / 5:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church in Nigeria is not paying ransom for any Priest, Religious Sister, Catechists or any other Church leader who is kidnapped by Boko Haram and other groups that target Christians, a Prelate in the West African country has said.
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese who spoke to the International Charity Organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, said Priests in the West African country have also clarified that they would not want any amount of money to be paid for their release in the event that they are abducted.
“We, the Bishops of Nigeria, have unanimously agreed in our Episcopal Conference and have made it very clear that we do not pay ransoms. When a Priest is kidnapped, he makes it clear that his Church does not pay ransom,” Archbishop Kaigama has been quoted as saying in the ACN January 28 report.
The Archbishop says that paying ransom encourages criminality and also poses danger to those who are kidnapped.
“Paying a ransom means putting everyone for sale and in danger, all the Priests, Nuns and collaborators of the Church who move continuously between the villages, without enjoying any kind of comfort, but always ready to sacrifice themselves for the love of God and His people, would put them in danger because this encourages criminality and invites the kidnappers to do more harm,” he said.