Kaduna, 16 August, 2021 / 4:26 pm (ACI Africa).
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.”
In their pastoral statement issued Sunday, August 15, the Catholic Bishops say the States in Northern Nigeria, covered by the Ecclesiastical Province, have been the most affected by the tragedies that range from kidnapping to loss of human life.
“Today, our country, entrusted to us by God has been consumed by forces of darkness and death. We all know that sadly, the perpetrators of these evils are constantly appealing to the religion of Islam to validate their criminality,” the Bishops say.
“This madness has cast a dark spell on the nobility of faith,” the Catholic Church leaders say and lament that for this reason, “more and more citizens are losing faith in God because of the way religion has been abused in our country.”
Nigeria has been experiencing insecurity since 2009 when the Boko Haram insurgency began with the aim of turning the country into an Islamic nation.