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Bethel High School in Nigeria's Kaduna State where around 140 students and staff were abducted on 5 July 2021/Credit: Public Domain / Public Domain

UK-Based Religious Entity Faults Closure of Christian Schools in Nigeria amid Abductions

The leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization that works in areas experiencing religious persecution, has faulted closure of schools in Nigeria, most of them Christian educational facilities in the wake of attacks and abductions that target learning institutions in Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria.

Prelate Blames Woes of Nigerian Children Seeking Islamic Education on an “elite” Group

A section of children living with their teachers to pursue Muslim knowledge in Northern Nigeria, also referred to as Almajirai, are receiving “violent” treatment from the wider society that treats them as prospective Boko Haram recruits, a situation that a Catholic Prelate in the West African country blames on the Muslim elite group in the region.

Poster Announcing the Funeral of the Late Michael Nnadi. / Diocese of Sokoto

Christians Pay Tribute to Murdered Nigerian Seminarian, To Be Laid to Rest Feb. 11

Days after the murder of Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi became public, Christians across the globe have paid tribute to the 18-year-old orphan twin, terming him a “martyr” amid concerns over insecurity in Africa’s most populous country. Plans for his burial on Tuesday, February 11 are underway, beginning with Holy Mass at Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna.

Michael Nnadi, seminarian killed after having been abducted alongside three others on January 8, 2020 / Good Shepherd Major Seminary

Missing Nigerian Seminarian, Michael Nnadi Found “murdered by the bandits”

A day after the news of the release of two more seminarians who had been abducted January 8 alongside two others, a Nigerian Bishop has, “with a very heavy heart”, announced that the missing seminarian, a native of his diocese, had been murdered.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, of Abuja, Nigeria.

To Tackle Boko Haram Insurgency, “take the war to the criminals”: Nigerian Prelate

Days after the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari ordered airstrikes on Boko Haram insurgents and other criminals orchestrating attacks, kidnappings and murders in Africa’s most populous nation, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Abuja has questioned the jihadists’ actions of “killing in the name of God” and called on the Nigerian government to adopt the approach of taking “war to the criminals.”

Four first-year philosophy seminarians abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna State on the night of January 8, 2020. One of them is receiving medication at a Catholic hospital in Kaduna Archdiocese. / Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Nigeria

One of Four Nigerian Seminarians Freed, Receiving Medication at Catholic Hospital

One of the four Nigerian first-year philosophy seminarians abducted January 8 from the Kaduna-based Good Shepherd Major Seminary was freed Saturday, January 18, having been dumped by the kidnappers along Nigeria’s Kaduna-Abuja highway. He was rescued by some Good Samaritans and he is receiving medication at a Catholic health facility, multiple sources have told ACI Africa.

The four first-year philosophy seminarians who were abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna State on the night of January 8, 2020 / Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Nigeria

“We pray for the speedy release of our Seminarians”: Bishops in Nigeria

Days after the abduction of four Nigerian Major Seminarians by men “wearing military uniform”, the Catholic Bishops of the West African nation, the most populous in Africa, are counting on the security agencies in their country to make real their assurance of securing the release of the seminarians and called for prayers for the seminarians’ “speedy release”.

Archbishop of Nigeria's Kaduna Archdiocese, Mathew Man-Oso Ndagoso who led a delegation to violence-prone Kaduna, north western part of his country December 9, 2019

Inequality, Disparities Behind Ethnic Violence in Kaduna State: Nigerian Archbishop Says

A Nigerian Archbishop who recently led a delegation of Local Ordinaries of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kaduna to the violence-prone Kaduna Local Government area within Kaduna state in the north western part of his country identified inequalities and disparities as factors behind the ethnic violence between Muslim and Christian population in the locality.