Latest stories: Boko Haram

Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province with the Chiefs of Kagoro and the Emir of Jama’a in Southern Kaduna. Credit: Archdiocese of Kaduna

Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Province Deplore Religious Extremism, Urge “nobility of faith”

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province have bemoaned the heightened insecurity orchestrated by religious extremists in the West African nation and called on the people of God in the country to stand together and reclaim “nobility of faith.” 

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Penalize President of Nigeria for Insecurity, Catholic Entity in Africa Petitions AU

Officials of CitizenGo, a Catholic organization spearheading family issues in Africa, has petitioned the leadership African Union (AU) to penalize President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for the heightened insecurity in the West African nation.

Fr. George Ehusani of Nigeria’s Lokoja Diocese, blessing some children during Holy Mass. Credit: Fr. George Ehusani/

Catholic Priest’s Psycho-Spiritual Initiative Seeks to Address Growing Trauma in Nigeria

Nigerians in the Northern part of the West African nation and other regions of the country that are experiencing militant attacks are traumatized, a Catholic Priest who spearheaded an institute that provides psycho-spiritual support for victims of religious extremism in the country has told ACI Africa.

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Over 3,000 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 2021, Highest in Years: Intersociety Report

Thousands of Christians have been hacked to death by militants in Nigeria in the first 200 days of 2021, a recent investigation has established, further revealing that the number is the highest in years.

One of the Nigerian borders. Credit: Public Domain

Militants in Nigeria Thriving on Porous Borders, Ransom, Illegal Mining

Boko Haram militants and other terrorist groups in Nigeria are finding it easy to engage in illegal trade across the country’s vastly porous border, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has told ACI Africa.

Fr. George Ehusani of Nigeria’s Lokoja Diocese, the Executive Director and Lead Faculty of the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation
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How Sympathizers in Nigeria’s High-ranking Positions are Stalling Fight against Militants

Boko Haram sympathizers and other people who support the ideology of having Nigeria as an Islamic State are stalling the fight against militants in the West African country, an award-winning Catholic expert in the country has told ACI Africa.

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020/ AFP/Getty

Despite Danger, Clergy of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese Ministers to Refugees of Terrorism

Father Joseph Bature Fidelis of the Diocese of Maiduguri is aware of the danger priests face from local Islamist terror groups.  

Bishop Charles Michael Hammawa of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Growing insecurity in Nigeria worrisome, needs to be urgently addressed”: Catholic Bishop

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has described the challenge of insecurity in the West African nation as “enormous” and “worrisome” and called for urgent action “to defeat the forces of evil” in the country.

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: DHPI

Over 800,000 Displaced in Nigerian State as Catholic Charity Decries Silence on Crisis

Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has decried the continued silence on the growing crisis in the Eastern and Southern regions of Nigeria with reports indicating that over 800,000 people have already been displaced in one State of the region that is ravished by armed herdsmen.

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Organization in Africa Warns of “a gathering storm” in Southern Nigeria

With the ongoing fight against Boko Haram that continues to wreak havoc in the Northern parts of Nigeria, the world seems oblivious of the deteriorating security situation in the Southern part of the country, a Catholic peace entity working in the region has said and warned of “a gathering storm.”

Seminarians carry the coffin of their colleague Michael Nnadi during his burial on 11 February 2020/ Aid to the Church in Need

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The Religious Extremism Fueling Violence in Nigeria

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese during the  April 13 Mass. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria

“The suffering Boko Haram has inflicted will scar our society for life”: Nigerian Bishop

The negative effects of the actions by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria will always be felt by the people of God in the West African nation, a Catholic Bishop has said.

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Unite, Act to Free Leah Sharibu: Nigerian Christian Leader to International Community

On the third anniversary of the abduction of the Nigerian Christian schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, a Christian leader in the West African nation has appealed for “intentional concerted efforts” across borders to demand for her release. 

Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped  3years ago / Courtesy Photo

Do All in Your Power to Secure Release of Leah Sharibu: Nigerian Archbishop to President

Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, the Archbishop of Lagos has called on the country’s Head of State to “do all in his power … to secure her release.”   

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province after their July 13 to14 meeting held at Nigeria’s M&M centre, Ilorin, Kwara State. / Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

Bishops in Nigeria Support “alternative” Security Outfits, Say Authorities Have Failed

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have decried the lack effectiveness of security forces in combating violence in the West African country and expressed their support for “alternative and lawful initiatives” that have emerged to restore peace in the country.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese.

Despite Boko Haram Insurgency, Christian Faith on the Rise in Nigeria: Catholic Bishop

Increased Boko Haram attacks meted against Christians in Nigeria are not undermining the practice of Christian faith in the West African country, a Catholic Bishop in one of the worst hit regions of the country has said.

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu pictured shortly after his released Wednesday, December 16.

Nigerian Religious Cleric Abducted Tuesday “unconditionally released”

The Nigerian Religious Cleric abducted earlier this week on his way to his dad’s funeral has been “unconditionally released,” the leadership of his Religious Congregation has announced. 

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of  Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese.

Nigerian Prelate Urges Government to Support Catholic Church in Fight against Boko Haram

The intervention of the Catholic Church has been key in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria, a Prelate in the West African nation has said, calling on the government of the country to strengthen the activities of the Church in the country’s affected region.

Bishop Ernest Anaezichukwu Obodo with court officials after Holy Mass to Launch Legal Year at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui Enugu. / Diocese of Enugu/Facebook Page

“You are the hope of the common man,” Nigerian Prelate Tells Lawyers at Legal Year Launch

The need for the ordinary members of the society to get justice from the courts has been emphasized by a Prelate in the West African nation of Nigeria who has called on all court officials to be the hope of the "common man" by ensuring they receive justice.

Malteser International Emergency Medical Team during a simulation exercise in 2019. / ©Malteser International

Catholic Aid Agency Reaches Out to Health Workers in Cameroon with Trainers

The leadership of the Rome-based Catholic Lay Religious Sovereign Order of Malta, Malteser International (MI), is sending an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) to Cameroon in response to the Central African nation’s appeal for international assistance in controlling the “the rapid spread of COVID-19.”