Jos, 24 April, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has condemned a recent attack on a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese, lamenting that the people of God in the West African country are experiencing “a cloud of despair” amid heightened killings and kidnappings.
Speaking during his Sunday, April 23 homily at St. Mulumba’s Parish in Igu, Bwari Area Council of Abuja, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama expressed his solidarity with the Parish Priest who he said had been violently attacked in a raid at the Parish during which some parishioners had also been attacked.
“Today I come among you not to administer the sacrament of confirmation, but to pray with you, to encourage you, and to express my pastoral solidarity with you on account of the security challenges that you encounter now and again, due to attacks on your community by “unknown gunmen”, Archbishop Kaigama said.
He added, “During the last attack, some of your members and those of the community were kidnapped and a violent attempt was also made on the priest in the parish house.”
The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop highlighted several other places that have fallen under banditry in Nigeria, saying, “The cloud of despair hovers over us with the ugly incidences of kidnapping, violence, and unprovoked attacks such as the cases in Nasarawa, Benue, Southern Kaduna, Southern Taraba, and in different parts of the country.”