Christian leaders in Nigeria have, in a collective statement circulated Sunday, December 6, expressed their shock and sorrow following last month’s killing of dozens of rice farmers in Borno State, located within the country’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri.
A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria’s Diocese of Sokoto has likened the increased killings of Nigerian Christians by Fulani herdsmen who also target Muslims in the west African country to genocide, a statement that concurs with a recently published report in the United Kingdom (UK) that suggests unfolding genocide in Nigeria.
Disturbed by the state of insecurity in Africa’s most populous country, members of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) have called on the government to prioritize the security of its citizens.
Religious leaders in Nigeria have, at the virtual Faith Leaders’ Dialogue Forum organized by Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) in partnership with Faith for Peace Initiative (FPI), underscored the need for “Faith and Inter-faith communities” to collaborate and give hope to citizens of the West African nation amid COVID-19 challenges.
In the face of COVID-19 restrictions still in place in many parts of the world, including social distancing, a Catholic Prelate in Nigeria has cautioned against the temptation to neglect God and neighbor in the name of practicing the physical distance directive.