Still, Sr. Nkiru finds her work gratifying, and “the least she can do” to alleviate suffering in Anambra, she told Denis Hurley peace Institute (DHPI), an entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) that is monitoring the evolution of conflict in Nigerian States.
“I am very happy with the apostolate. I thank God for the opportunity given to me to feed these street men and women and we enjoy doing it and we see it as practical Christianity,” Sr. Nkiru says in the report that DHPI shared with ACI Africa.
She adds, “It was an inspiration from God. It all started in October 2020. I used my little monthly allowance to start it. It is exciting and today we feed from 20 to 30 people every Sunday with a variety of food items and drinks, especially water.”
“I am at the heart of the people and I am also a human rights activist, because I don’t like injustice,” the Catholic Nun said in a past report, and added, “We need to stand up and be direct, direct, people who were not before me, we must fight for justice, because we have them, when such souls are in the mist.”
The Catholic Nun who describes herself as a human rights activist said that Anambra State “has been a safe haven for everybody.”
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In the March 16 interview, she told ACI Africa that insecurity in the Nigerian State was first brought about by the politicians who she said created fear “to scare people and make away with ballot boxes.”
According to the member of the Handmaids of the Child Jesus, what followed next was drug abuse and kidnapping.
Additionally, unemployed youths became good tools for politicians to do their dirty business, Sr. Nkiru told ACI Africa, and explained, “It first started in Imo state. Anambra State recently has also become a fearful area. Nobody feels safe.”
She said that the situation is made complex by angry youths who are agitating against marginalization of the Igbo (a Nigerian tribe), and various other kinds of injustices in the country.
Others are aggrieved by the detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist organization in the West African nation.
Sr. Nkiru said that local people and Christians in the embattled Nigerian States are all living in fear. She explained, “With other economic hardships, and corruption, this can be said to be the worst time in the history of this country and our area.”
“As religious, there is not much we are doing except counseling. Political leaders are not doing or even talking about daily killings taking place in different parts of Nigeria; instead, their major concern is the 2023 election,” she said, and added, “As it is now, everyone sleeps with one eye open. And many are afraid of what may happen tomorrow.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.