Father Uchechukwu, chancellor of the diocese within the ecclesiastical province of Kaduna, thanked those who had prayed for the priest’s release.
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‘At Every Time, You Could be a Target’: Despite Danger, Nigerian Priest Ministers to Refugees of Terrorism
Boko Haram, roughly translated, means “Western culture is forbidden,” and Father Fidelis argued that terrorists have succeeding in forcing the closure of schools out of security concerns.
Bishop Kukah admitted that he shares the “pessimism” of those who say Nigeria is collapsing amid rampant violence and government corruption. He added that “as a Christian, I believe in the Resurrection.”
Father Juma’s abduction was one the latest in a series of kidnappings that seem to target Christians, including priests, in the West African nation.
Vice President Eric Patterson of the Religious Freedom Institute discusses the recent uptick in violence in Nigeria, the two most oppressive factions on the ground, and how the country could face the same fate as Rwanda if international inaction continues.
The kidnapping of clergy and other Catholics is an ongoing problem in Africa’s most populous country.
During the 10 days that Fr. Dajo was held captive, Archbishop Kaigama repeatedly appealed for people to pray for his safe release and for others also held captive.
The kidnapping is the latest in a series of abductions and killings in Nigeria which have involved Catholics and other Christians; clergy, seminarians, and lay people.