Nige­rian bish­ops meet to dis­cuss Boko Haram threat

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FORTY-FIVE bish­ops from North­ern Nige­ria met in Abuja last week to dis­cuss the Church of Nige­ria’s re­sponse to the depre­da­tions of the Is­lamist terror group Boko Haram.

The 26 Au­gust meet­ing at St An­drew’s Church, Kubwa, led by the Pri­mate of All Nige­ria, the Most Rev Ni­cholas Okoh, was con­vened to take stock of the phys­i­cal dam­age to churches in the North, and to re­port on num­bers of dead and dis­placed per­sons from the con­flict.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Arch­bishop Okoh told re­porters the “threats to se­cu­rity in the North-East zone are yet to die down and we urge Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to do more in the area of im­prov­ing se­cu­rity in the zone and as a way of en­sur­ing that wor­ship­pers at­tend places of wor­ship with­out fear.”

He asked the gov­ern­ment to de­tail troops to pro­tect Chris­tian churches.

“Many Chris­tians are yet to freely go to church in the af­fected ar­eas, so there is need for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to do more to re­store the con­fi­dence re­posed in the cur­rent na­tional lead­er­ship,” he said, but added that Pres­i­dent Buhari had his full sup­port.

The aim of Boko Haram was to de­stroy Chris­tians and shat­ter the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Nige­ria. All Nige­ri­ans — Mus­lim and Chris­tian — must stand fast in the face of the at­tacks from these “evil peo­ple who want to dis­or­gan­ise us be­cause if they suc­ceed, they will make us refugees.”

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