Christians continue to flee northern Nigeria
"Churches in Northern Nigeria, amd my diocese in particular, have been recording depletion in the number of faithful attending church services owing to Boko haram insurgencies," said Catholic Bishop Stephen Mamza of Yola, an area in northern Nigeria where Muslim terrorist violence has been notable. He said that an as yet undetermined number of Catholics have moved from the area out of fear of the violent Islamic sect known as Boko Haram.
According to Bishop Felix Alaba Job of Ibadan, "Why should the Federal Government grant amnesty to vandals of human souls and bodies, who have no justification for their nefarious actions?" who was meeting with Bishop Mamza to celebrate an anniversary of the Diocese of Oyo. Bishop Job, "They are doing it to satisfy their own selfish motives and possibly destabilize the country."
The bishops' concern is heightened by the threats of MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta), an armed group that works in southern Nigeria, to resume guerrilla warfare attacks. The group had suspended military action after being granted amnesty by the Nigerian government. The upsurge in violence on the part of MEND followed the sentencing of Henry Okah, the group's leader, in a South African. MEND has declared that it would retaliate against mosques and faithful Muslims if Boko Haram does not cease its attacks against Christians. "These threats are a disappointing and has shown the level the Country has degenerated," said Bishop Felix Ajakaye of Ekiti.
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