Kaduna, 23 February, 2021 / 11:28 pm (ACI Africa).
Reports that the Holy Family Catholic Church in Kikwari village of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Kaduna has been torched are false, the Priest in-charge has told ACI Africa in an interview.
In the Tuesday, February 23 interview, Fr. Bivang Thaddeus who is the Priest In-charge of St. Michael’s Pastoral Area where Holy Family Catholic Church falls under as an outstation makes reference to media reports claiming that Holy Family Catholic Church and two homes in Kikwari village had been attacked and razed.
“The information is false. The attack never happened. It is not true at all,” Fr. Bivang said, adding, “I do not know where this information came from but if they must give such information, shouldn’t they consult whoever it is that is in charge of the place? If it is a Church, there has to be a pastor.”
According to the member of the Clergy of Kaduna Archdiocese, false news about the burning of a church not only creates tension, but also causes “more wounds and injury.”
“When you talk like that, instead of creating healing, you are creating more wounds and injury. When Christians from all over begin to see such kind of information, the hatred against non-Christians increases,” Fr. Bivang said, still making reference to false media reports.