“The Association of Papal Knights and Medalists in Nigeria are alarmed over the incessant and increased abduction and killing of Catholic Priests, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Catholic Church, and the attack on Catholic Churches and innocent worshippers,” they say.
They add in reference to the Pentecost Sunday massacre in Ondo Diocese, “The Church is still trying to come to terms with the attack on the Church at Owo and brutal killing of the worshippers and now the brutal killing of the young Priest and Mass Server from Ikabigbo in Edo State and the killing also of the Priest in Kaduna. Rev. Fr. Vitus Borogo, at Prison Farm, Kujama, along Kaduna-Kachia Road, after a raid on the farm by Terrorists.”
“This is certainly alarming and frightening,” the members of the Catholic lay association say in their June 27 statement.
They go on to express their condolences with the victims and families, saying, “We condole with the families of all that have been so brutally murdered, the Catholic Church and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and in fact all Nigerians who care for human life.”
The Papal Knights in the West African nation call on the Federal government and the Nigerian Security Agencies and apparatus “to do their work of protecting the lives of citizens which is their avowed duty.”
“We are particularly concerned with the seeming silence of the Government in the face of these bastardy attacks and killings of innocent citizens going about their duties,” they say.
The Papal Knights further call on the Government “to take the Security of the people as a priority and in particular work hard to protect the lives of all the citizenry.”
“We pray that God will come to our aid in this period of grief and adversity. May God rescue Nigeria from this situation and save our people in distress,” they implore in their June 27 statement.
The West African nation of Nigeria “is grappling with a wave of violence by armed gangs who frequently carry out killings and kidnappings for ransom – mostly in unprotected rural communities,” BBC News reported in April.
Since 2009 when Boko Haram insurgency emerged with the aim of turning the country into an Islamic state, Nigeria has been experiencing insecurity.