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Church Attack in Kaduna Sad Story of Deteriorating Security in Nigeria: Christian Leader

Map showing Nigeria's Kaduna State. Credit: Public Domain

The attack on a church in Nigeria’s Kaduna State over the weekend is a sad story that portrays the worsening insecurity in the West African nation, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said. 

Gunmen reportedly invaded the Baptist Church at Kakau Daji community in Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State during the Sunday, November 1 service and started shooting sporadically. Two people reportedly died during the attack and an undisclosed number of worshippers were abducted. 

In a Tuesday, November 2 report, Pastor Joseph Hayab, says the attack on the Baptist Church is “another sad story of how deteriorating our insecurity has become.”

“Citizens are being killed like chickens with only press statements as consolation,” the official of CAN, which includes the leadership of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, says in the report published by the Barnabas Fund.

Kaduna State, which has been experiencing heightened levels of insecurity has been described as Nigeria’s “epicenter of kidnapping and banditry activity” by the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).  

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In a September 28 report, the leadership of CSW said, “The predominantly Christian ethnic minority tribes who inhabit the southern part of the state have experienced relentless attacks since 2011, with a significant uptick following the advent of the current administration in 2015."

CSW's leadership also expressed concern about the alarming levels of violence in the State "despite being the headquarters of 11 military installations.” 

On September 26, bandits attacked the villages of Madamai and Abun in the State covered by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, and reportedly killed at least 49 people and abducted 27 others. 

At least 20 houses were torched in the September attacks described as the worst “massacres against the natives” of the Nigerian State. 

In the November 2 report, Pastor Hayab says the people of God who have been troubled by the attackers for too long live in fear, not knowing who the assailants will attack next. 

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“These evil people have troubled us for too long,” Pastor Hayab says, and adds, “No one knows who will be the next target.”

In August, Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province bemoaned the insecurity orchestrated by religious extremists in the country and called on Nigerians to stand together and reclaim “nobility of faith.”

“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 Catholic Bishops said. 

“This madness has cast a dark spell on the nobility of faith,” the Catholic Church leaders said, and lamented, “more and more citizens are losing faith in God because of the way religion has been abused in our country.”