On numerous occasions, Christians in Nigeria have suffered numerous attacks. On this occasion, the bishop of the Nigerian diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has stated that they are impoverishing the church. In the north of the country, more than 35,000 euros have been spent to rescue priests, seminarians and secular pastoral agents. But they have no other choice because the situation and the continuous attacks do not allow them to dedicate themselves to other tasks.
“A lot of things have happened to us in Sokoto. “They have burned our churches, the murder of Deborah Emmanuel, they almost burned our cathedral and they almost killed my priests,” reports Bishop Kukah, adding: “I have lost a seminarian, I have lost a priest, we have spent more than 30 million naira that we do not have to rescue our pastoral agents from the kidnappers.”
“The most painful thing for me as a Christian, and I speak on behalf of all Christians living in northern Nigeria, with all the challenges we face, is that we find very little interest from our Christian brothers living in comfort and luxury outside of northern Nigeria.”
“Their inability to appreciate the urgency of the Gospel and express the key word as solidarity,” Bishop Kukah said. Since 2009, Nigeria has suffered from the insurgency of Boko Haram, a group that supposedly aims to turn the country, the most populous nation in Africa, into an Islamic country and for this reason, Christians are a daily target.