Nigerian bishop called in for questioning after criticizing gov’t inaction on abductions, persecution

Nigerian troopers and law enforcement officials stand on the entrance of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando, Kaduna state, on March 12, 2021, after gunmen stormed the varsity and kidnapped college students. |

A safety company in Nigeria has ordered a outstanding Catholic bishop to seem for questioning over his remarks that the nation’s authorities, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has didn’t cease kidnappings and persecution of Christians, in response to media stories.

The State Security Service, which stories to Nigeria’s president, has requested Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto diocese in northwest Nigeria to current himself for questioning after he wrote in his Christmas message that the federal government appears to have left the destiny of Nigerians within the arms of “evil men,” The National Catholic Register reported.

In his message, the bishop referred to greater than 100 women who had been kidnapped by the Boko Haram terror group who’re but to be rescued in addition to “hundreds of other children whose captures were less dramatic,” in response to CNA’s associate company ACI Africa.

“Nothing expresses the powerlessness of the families like the silence of state at the federal level,” he stated. “We have before us a government totally oblivious to the cherished values of the sacredness of life. Tales and promises about planned rescues have since deteriorated into mere whispers.”

He continued, “Every day, we hear of failure of intelligence, yet, those experts who provide intelligence claim that they have always done their duty diligently and efficiently. Does the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not believe that he owes parents and citizens answers as to where our children are and when they are coming home?”

The bishop warned that Nigeria is “fully in the grip of evil, adding: “Today, a feeling of vindication only saddens me as I have watched the north break into a cacophony of quarrelsome blame games over our tragic situation.”

The People’s Gazette stories that the State Security Service is a “federal secret police” that holds a status for intimidating and arresting authorities critics. 

The Southern Kaduna People’s Union, which has spoken out towards insecurity within the Kaduna state, has urged Bishop Kukah to not settle for the company’s invitation for questioning, arguing that different critics who’ve been referred to as in for questioning have been silenced. 

SOKAPU National Youth Leader Issac John Sirjay argued in an announcement Monday that the federal government has “extended invitations to some people who had at one time or the other accepted invitations, particularly persons considered to be critical of the nepotistic and clandestine leadership style of the Buhari administration.”

“We mourned the sudden demise of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia of blessed memory who until his death was a dogged critic of this administration and a regular visitor at one of the DSS facilities,” Sirjay’s assertion reads, in response to the United States-based outlet Sahara Reporters

“Without ruling out any possibility of harm, we consider the invitation of Bishop Kukah by the DSS as one of such ploy designed to silence him at all cost.”

“In light of the above, it suffices to state boldly that the DSS has unarguably deviated from its core mandate of protecting national security and has become a willing tool for the suppression of free speech,” the assertion added. 

Last November, a Nigerian journalist and Roman Catholic, Luka Binniyat, was detained allegedly for his reporting about assaults towards predominantly Christian communities and the federal government’s response.

Binniyat, a father who writes for the anti-communist newspaper Epoch Times, was arrested and arraigned on the Barnawa Magistrate’s Court in Kaduna state. He was charged with cyberstalking — a cost critics say is commonly used within the African nation to silence the media.

He was arrested after writing an Oct. 29 article titled “In Nigeria, Police Decry Massacres as ‘Wicked’ But Make No Arrests.”

The article is a part of The Epoch Times’ protection of the lethal assaults focusing on the predominantly-Christian farming communities within the West African nation’s Middle Belt.

Binniyat pushed again towards authorities official’s characterization of an assault on Christian farmers within the state as a “clash.” The Nigerian authorities has lengthy claimed that violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt outcomes from decades-old farmer-herder clashes which were exacerbated in recent times by extra herders migrating south as a consequence of desertification and local weather change. 

Critics have warned that the Nigerian authorities’s lack of motion within the Middle Belt may lead to a non secular “genocide.” But the Nigerian authorities has pushed again on such assertions.

According to a latest research from the Anambra-based International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, no less than 60,000 Christians have been killed prior to now twenty years in Nigeria. The group, which is run by Christian criminologist Emeka Umeagbalasi, stories that a whole bunch of church buildings have been threatened, attacked, closed, destroyed or burned in 2021. 

In the northern elements of Nigeria, legal teams and terrorists have carried out a number of large-scale abductions of college kids in recent times. In 2014, about 276 schoolgirls had been kidnapped from a faculty in Chibok within the northeast Borno state by the Islamic radical group Boko Haram. As many as 112 of these women stay lacking. 

In February 2021, armed militants kidnapped almost 300 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state. The kids had been launched weeks later.

Watchdog group Open Doors USA, which displays persecution in over 60 nations, ranks Nigeria because the ninth-worst nation in relation to Christian persecution. 


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