Jos, 04 August, 2022 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catechist at St. Moses Catholic Church, one of the 17 outstations of St. Augustine’s Parish of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria who survived a militant attack at the Church in June has recounted the traumatic experience, noting that all survivors of the attack are living in the constant fear of being attacked again.
In an interview with Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, Catechist Emmanuel Joseph said that the June 19 attack on Roboh village, Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA), in Southern Kaduna State had left Christians in the region “weak and tired”.
"With all that has been happening in the state, including constant attacks on the Christian faithful in the Roboh community, we are weak and tired, and we are beginning to be scared too. We are only focused on how to stay alive, looking upon God for safety in the belief that He will fight back for us,” Catechist Emmanuel is quoted as saying in the Thursday, August 4 ACN report.
He told the Catholic charity, “Kaduna state has not been peaceful since the introduction of Sharia law in 2000. There has been a series of attacks, especially on Catholic priests, Catholic worshippers, and Christians in general, and the government is doing nothing to help. Due to Fulani terrorist attacks, we sleep with one eye open.”
Suspected armed Fulani herdsmen reportedly attacked St. Moses Catholic Church and Maranatha Baptist Church in Kaduna, killing four people and taking 36 others hostage. Of the four that died, three were worshippers at the Catholic Church that is part of St. Augustine’s Parish.