Rome Newsroom, Jun 8, 2022 / 07:05 am
The president of Ireland on Tuesday condemned a deadly attack at a Catholic church in Nigeria on Pentecost Sunday.
Michael D. Higgins deplored the massacre in a June 7 statement, saying “that such an attack was made in a place of worship is a source of particular condemnation, as is any attempt to scapegoat pastoral peoples who are among the foremost victims of the consequences of climate change.”
Higgins was alluding to deadly clashes between farmers and nomadic pastoralists in the West African country.
Religious freedom advocates have argued that it is wrong to attribute the recent violence in Nigeria — especially in the north — to climate change rather than Islamist terrorism.