Makurdi, 19 December, 2021 / 9:10 pm (ACI Africa).
The crisis in Nigeria seems to be a war against Christians in the West African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Makurdi Diocese has said.
In a message published Friday, December 17 by the Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe says the destruction of churches, Christian schools, and the killing of Priests and Pastors in the country demonstrate that the attacks target followers of Christ.
“The government and some others would have the world believe the violence in Nigeria has nothing to do with religion, however, it increasingly looks like a jihad against Christians,” Bishop Anagbe says.
He explains that the perpetrators of the attacks “come from mainly the far north of Nigeria and are mainly Muslim adherents.”
“Their destructive pattern mirrors other Islamic terror groups operating in other climes, and some of these Nigerian groups have professed allegiance to Islamist groups like ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISWAP (Islamic State’s West African Province),” he says, adding that all the attackers “are extremists.”