“Fulani violence fuelled by government complicity” – Nigerian Bishop

“It is important to put on record that the insecurity situation we experience as a Diocese in Kafanchan and Southern Kaduna has not stopped despite the presence of Security Agents. Many of us are disappointed to see that our political leaders are taking sides and are known to be supporting, directly or indirectly, the Fulanis themselves and that is why they are fast losing the support and trust of the people.”

– Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, Bishop of Kafanchan, Nigeria

Mgr. Joseph Bagobiri, Bishop of Kafanchan

Agenzia Fides – the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, published on 28 March 2017 a strongly worded accusation from the Bishop of Kafanchan, Nigeria, in which he says, “… our political leaders are taking sides and known to be supporting directly or indirectly the Fulanis…”

The SMA Communications Office has consistently reported on this on-going and escalating crisis and it is now becoming a source of growing concern to Christians worldwide that the Nigerian Government is failing to take adequate steps and to act in an impartial way. In a way that respects the multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic mix that can and should make Nigeria a beacon of tolerance and fraternity to all of Africa and the world.

Fulani youth with AK47

To highlight the growing crisis, and to show solidarity to beleaguered Christian communities in the region, the Bishop of Kafanchan, Bishop Joseph Bagobira, welcomed a delegation led by the Archbishop of Jos and President of the CBCN, Archbishop Ignatius Ayan Kaigama.

The visit by such a high profile Catholic cleric can be interpreted as a sign of the Church’s growing concern for Christians in the region and as a statement of intent to hold the Nigerian Government universally accountable.

Reporting the CBCN delegation’s visit, Vatican Radio, carried Bishop Bagobira’s analysis of the root causes of the crisis. He stated: ” “We have greater challenges on how Christianity can survive in Northern Nigerian especially in Southern Kaduna because of the structural injustices that are institutionalised.”

You may read the full Agenzia Fides article by clicking here

You may access the Vatican Radio report by clicking here

 

 

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