Ondo, 07 July, 2022 / 3:52 pm (ACI Africa).
A Nigerian Catholic Bishop has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, said the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholics killed and more than 80 injured was an “act of genocide”.
In the interview shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, July 6, the Local Ordinary of Ondo Diocese, Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade, who recently traveled to the United States crying out for justice for his country’s persecuted Christians said immediate action is needed to fight insecurity in Nigeria.
“What but pure evil would make a man kill a four-year-old and a two-year-old like this, in church during Mass?” Bishop Arogundade posed during his interview with ACN on the eve of the June 28-30 second annual International Religious Freedom Summit.
The Nigerian Catholic Bishop added, “The Pentecost attack was an act of genocide.”
The Catholic Church leader who pledged to “spend his life seeking justice” for victims of Islamist terror said the June 5 atrocity is an “expression of a more than 200-year-old push for a caliphate first launched by Islamic jihadist Usman dan Fodio.”