Abuja, Nigeria, Jul 22, 2022 / 15:45 pm
Nigeria’s government has everything it needs to stop the ongoing attacks that are targeting Christians, but has refused to help, a Catholic priest in the West African country has said.
The situation in Nigeria has led meany to believe that what is happening is “state-sponsored terrorism,” Father Patrick Alumuku, communications director of the Archdiocese of Abuja, told ACI Africa at the Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society, and Pastoral Life, being held in Nairobi July 19-22.
He said that the Church in Nigeria does not have the capacity to protect the people, including priests who have been victims of kidnappings and killings, and that it is the role of the government to empower security officers in the country to protect innocent civilians.
“The Church desires to protect its own personnel. But does the Church have the capacity to protect people? Does the Church have an army? Does she have the police?” the Nigerian priest posed, adding, “It's the government that should have provided the police with whatever is required, the ammunition, the logistics to be able to handle this; but it would appear as if the government is not interested in solving this challenge.”