Priests’ kidnap fuelled by leadership failure –Catholic scholar
Rev Fr stan ilo, an associate Professor, Catholic studies Research scholar Centre for World Catholicism and intercultural Theology at the De Paul University, Chicago, the United states, has said leadership failure in the country is responsible for the persistent kidnapping and other forms of attack on priests.
he said Nigerians were angry with the leadership of the country at all levels and attacks on the church and other soft targets could be a random expression of their anger against institutions and bad governance.
The scholar expressed his views at the just concluded first Pan-african Catholic Congress on Theology, society and Pastoral Life held in Enugu state.
ilo, who is the convener of the congress, said on the sidelines of the conference that the attacks could be described as “emerging antae clerical.”
he said, “The primary argument of many of us is that the security problem in Nigeria is a symptom of a deeper problem. The attack on the church is a sign of a deeper problem.
“Truly, this is the sign of emerging or rising antae clerical. it could also be a random expression of anger of our people against the institutions.’’