Nigeria Allows “violence to metastasize, take root”: Christian Entity after Priest Murder

Fr. Isaac Achi. Credit: Fr Ebube and CYON of SS Peter & Paul.

Nigeria has permitted violence to take root and to spread across the country, with vulnerable communities bearing the brunt, the leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has said.

In a Monday, January 16 report, CSW leadership highlights recent cases of insecurity targeting Christians in Nigeria, the latest one being the January 15 attack on Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish of Nigeria’s Minna Diocese that resulted in the killing of the Parish Priest, Fr. Isaac Achi

“Unfortunately, Nigerian authorities past and present repeatedly failed vulnerable communities in the country’s central states, allowing this violence to metastasize and take root across the nation,” the report quotes CSW Founder President, Thomas Mervyn, as saying. 

Mr. Mervyn calls on the Federal and State authorities of the West African nation “to re-strategize in order to address the threat posed by terrorist groups decisively before it renders the nation ungovernable.”

The Catholic Diocese of Minna announced the killing of Fr. Achi in a message that ACI Africa obtained on January 15. The message indicated that Fr. Achi’s Assistant, Fr. Collins Omeh, had survived the attack, and had been hospitalized “in critical condition”.


Fr. Achi “was shot dead by Bandits that attacked the Parish in the early hours of today,” the January 15 message from the Nigerian Catholic Diocese read in part, appealing for prayers for the people of God in the Diocese.

In the January 16 report, CSW officials say they “extend our deepest condolences to those close to Rev Father Achi, and wish his colleague Rev Fr. Omeh a full and swift recovery.”

The news of Fr. Achi’s murder came amid reports of the abduction of a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, in Oye Local Government, South Nigeria. Fr. Michael Olofinlade who was abducted as he returned from a pastoral assignment is the first Catholic Priest to be kidnapped in Nigeria in 2023.

CSW Founder President has called for “swift interventions to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Rev Fr Olofinlade.”

In the report, Mr. Mervyn appeals to Nigerian authorities to work towards rescuing 25 worshippers from the Global Mission Church, and every other Nigerian citizen who is currently held captive by non-state actors.

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Terrorists on motorcycles reportedly attacked the Global Mission Church in Gidan Haruna Dan Mai Tsauni Gurbi ward of Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State during service on Sunday, January 15. They reportedly abducted 25 worshippers and severely assaulted and injured the church pastor when he attempted to intervene.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.