Priests’ kidnap fu­elled by lead­er­ship fail­ure –Catholic scholar

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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.’’

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