Sokoto, 13 February, 2020 / 3:25 am (ACI Africa).
At the burial ceremony of 18-year-old Michael Nnadi, the Nigerian seminarian abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary and murdered last month, the Local Ordinary of his native diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto has decried insecurity situation in the West African country, faulted the country’s President, and expressed the hope that Michael’s death becomes a turning point for Christian persecution in Africa’s most populous nation.
“No one could have imagined that in winning the Presidency, General Buhari would bring nepotism and clannishness into the military and the ancillary Security Agencies, that his government would be marked by supremacist and divisive policies that would push our country to the brink,” Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah decried in his homily Tuesday, February 11 during Michael’s burial at Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
Michael was among four seminarians kidnapped from Good Shepherd Major Seminary the night of January 8. On February 1, Bishop Bishop Kukah broke the sad news Michael’s murder by his abductors that had happened January 28.
The kidnapping of the seminarians and the eventual murder of Michael have reinforced the serious concerns about the security of Christians that Church leaders in Nigeria have continually expressed over the past several months, faulting the country’s administration for failing to prioritize the security of citizens, especially followers of Jesus Christ.
In an open February 4 letter, the retired Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie warned President Buhari that he “will be answerable to God for every life that Boko Haram has destroyed.”