Bishop Angabe also decried the silence of the international community amid the suffering in Nigeria.
“No place is safe anymore in Nigeria,” the Director of JPC in Makurdi Diocese said.
“It is inexcusable that despite copious video clips depicting every stage of the pursuit, torture, and murder of Ms. Emmanuel which clearly identify her assailants, only two perpetrators have been arraigned so far,” CSW Chief Executive Officer, Scot Bower, says.
In response to these acts of violence, Bishop Kukah appealed “to Christians to remain law abiding and pray for the return of normalcy and congratulates the local authorities and police for their work in dispersing the crowd before they could do further damage.”
A WhatsApp comment in which Deborah Yakubu testified that Jesus Christ had helped her to perform well in her examination is said to have irked her killers who found the mention of Jesus in the group offensive.
Officials of the Christian entity that includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) add, “The protest will take place on 22 May, 2022 in the afternoon by 3pm in every secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) nationwide and not on the streets in order to avoid further loss of lives.”
Despite the intense persecution that Christians in Nigeria face, Nigeria was removed from the U.S. State Department’s Countries of Particular Concern list in November 2021.
Fr. Anyanwu told ACN United Kingdom that the body of Fr. Bako “has not been released yet by the bandits.”
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“We, the undersigned, are writing on behalf of the communities in Nigeria where more Christians are currently being killed than anywhere else on the face of the earth.”
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“In its 2021 Annual Report, USCIRF recommended that the U.S. State Department designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern…”
“Three attacks on vulnerable religious communities in three days is unacceptable.”
“It is not a clash—it is a slow genocide.”
“This is concerning, and must be investigated by the Nigerian government, and failing that, by the wider international community.”
In her oral statement at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council scheduled to end on October 8, CSW’s Ellis Heasley noted that the Christian foundation was “perturbed” by the international silence on the situation in Nigeria, which she said was deteriorating by the day.
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The church, SOKAPU (Southern Kaduna People’s Union) and the people have been complaining about killings in Southern Kaduna but only fell on the deaf ear of those in authority.”
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Fr Ferdinand “was shot in the head as he tried to take cover after sighting armed gunmen.”