Nigerian govt. not doing enough to contain Boko Haram – Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria
Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria has said the Federal Government is not doing enough to contain the activities of the extremist Boko Haram sect in the North East zone.

The bishops therefore challenged the administration to step up its strategies in the region to safeguard the lives of the people.

In a communiqué issued after its meeting on Thursday in Warri, Delta State, the Conference lamented the increasing carnage in the region and urged the government to act decisively.

The document, sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, was signed by its President, Ignatius Kaigama, and Secretary, William Avenya.
The Conference said the situation in the North-East region was creating a heightened sense of unrest and siege for the country.

“As Nigeria bleeds and burns, we Bishops are really alarmed at the scale of human, material destruction, and the disruption of village and community life with increased levels of hatred and potentials for more conflicts in the nation,” the group said.

“While Muslims are sometimes targets of these destructive attacks, Christians, churches and non-Muslims in general are the principal targets for extermination, expropriation and expulsion by the Boko Haram insurgents, the perpetrators of all these destructions.

“We believe that we still have governments at federal and state levels whose primary duty it is to preserve and protect the life of every Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religion, social class or tradition. Our government must do more than it is currently doing to safeguard our lives and defend our nation.

“It must do more than it is currently doing to fight off and disarm these actual destroyers of Nigerians and Nigeria. It must do more than it is currently doing to prevent segments of our nation from drifting into anarchy and mutual self-destruction and bring criminals to justice.”

The Conference urged Nigerians to be alert to the grave danger facing “all of us and our nation from within and without.”

It noted that the issue was not about who becomes president or governor or senator after the 2015 general elections.

“The issue is about the life and security of every one of us who loves his or her life and really cares about our living together in peace as noble Nigerians,” it said.

It added, “We urge therefore that we all support and encourage every positive effort by the current government to protect every Nigerian and defend the integrity and unity of Nigeria. Let us equally take lawful measures locally to prevent the destruction of fellow Nigerians and to ward off Nigeria’s destroyers.”


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  • Wähala

    Thugs who build Tower of Ikotun are fraudsters…
    Thugs who launder $10million dollars for Presidents are creek crooks…
    Thugs who mercilessly smash the eardrums of their follwers are Agbero Pastors…
    Thugs who fly about in private jets “obtained” from their unsuspecting mugu-followers are scam artiste…
    Any tout who tells you to shout ‘Alleluia’ has his eyes on your wallet… and mind on your wife’s hips. Never close your eyes while praying with a He-Goat. Never allow him to “anoint” you with any oils. It is esoteric religious practices… Juju oloje!
    Look at the real Men of God in the caption picture walking to church…
    No donkey, No horse…
    No Okada, No keke Marwa…
    No bullet-proof BMW, No SUV’s…
    and damn sure No Jets to convey them to their congregation… na Footmobile, no Popemobile!

    • cleacedon

      hmmmmmm

      • Wähala

        Wetin “hmmmmmm” about my comment, eh?
        What’s your grouse with what I’ve said now, biko?
        The only ‘hmmm’ in the whole saga is fake pastors TB Joshua ati Ayo Oletsejafor are still walking free…
        Crooks in Cossacks… Juju men of god, not God!

        • BlackieUmukoro

          May God have mercy on your sinfull soul

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Blackie,

            Wahala may come across as agnostic, but he is telling the truth.

            There are too many people defrauding Nigerians in the name of God, be they Christians or Muslims.

          • Denis_NG

            Most especially Christians! The truth hurts but it remains the truth. Christian pastors are the next biggest problem in Nigeria after Boko Haram and politicians! Take it from me, I am a Christian!!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Sigh, Denis_NG.

            I am a Christian too.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            But what he attributed to the catholic bishops, is not what they said or meant Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Hmmmmm, Blackie.

            Subject to interpretation.

            Depending upon how each of us read this, but methinks, the Fathers have condemned the carnage arising out of insecurity.

            Rightly and without getting into political waters by finger pointing. The rest of us are left to search our conscience in apportioning blame.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            They were circumspect
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Gbam!

            Old boy, pray for me when you reach Church today o!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            I be non practising musulimi
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Blackie, are you confessing that your last church visit was just to spy on tight skirts?

            Walahi, I go tell your wife.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Have you not heard of a housewife who assisted the husband to rape a sixteen year old girl? So if you tell my wife, she did be happy, because somebody else is assisting her to take the downloads. You wan still try Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, Blackie.

            You are mad.

            Biko, I no go try am!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            My Broda, it is good to laugh off the madness of our polithievians. Good day bros Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            You too, Ore.

            I agree indeed.

          • endingNaija

            then make yu pray for am next friday-Jimoh-for mosque!

          • redeem

            u are wahalal————-responding to yr own posting abi————————–mumu—————————————The allegation of the Vatican bank’s financial corruption has been made by an Italian magazine that pointed to the financial institute’s purported involvement in stealth fiscal transactions —via several accounts —with Italy’s UniCredit Bank, Russia Today television network quoted the Panorama magazine as reporting.

            “This corruption is continuing on a regular basis in the Vatican,” claimed Janathan Levy, a lawyer familiar with the bank.

            “Again, there’s no reason for a religion to have a bank that does worldwide commercial activities, dealing in gold, dealing in insurance, dealing in property and then hiding behind the Roman Catholic Church,” Levy pointed out.

            “I had the privilege to walk inside this bank. It’s nothing like a bank,” the Russian news channel quoted another lawyer, Massimiliano Gabrieli, as saying.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Yawn, irredeemable.

            Seems you are now sniffing glue on top of your addiction to cheap ogogoro!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            If I am Wahala, then I am also your dad – but hey, God forbid bad thing!

            Don’t want an affliction as my child!

        • redeem

          Sad to see the animals in u blink——-WAHALA- BLIMK LIKE A TOAD——————thought u said all have sinned and come short of the Glory Of God——– Except the Holy Catholic Church of Oyegun in APC—-now nko

    • BlackieUmukoro

      Did you actually get to read what the Bishops said. I don’t think so, as your mindset dictated what you posted without regard or reference to their statement

      • Wähala

        I read it on Vanguard even before PT reported the same news. I read it again here and can tell you cherry-picked what you quoted that’s why I’ve ignored your rants, @KaySo may have time for you all the time, not so with Höly Wähala. Miscreants latch-on to my comments to attract attention and prove to their crumbs winners that they’re busy fighting Dumbo’s online critics. So, this is what I based my comment on…
        “we believe that we still have government at Federal and State levels whose primary duty it is to preserve and protect the life of every Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religion, social class or tradition.” – CBCN
        Kapisch???

        • BlackieUmukoro

          That is the portion you latched on, but the weightier one you ignored, and that was the one l relied on that made you very uncomfortable. Next time don’t be selective or at best let your summary encompass everything. Happy sunday worship Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Wähala

            Quote their full statement if you’re not a fraud…
            Like I said, you can’t keep making a living out of outhing-off at me.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You won’t just agree. Ok read the catholic statement in today’s online vanguard again Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Garba lawan

      Wow! This is the real point which every body especially the sentimental minds fail to see or understand. Of course that’s why Catholics dissociated themselves from CAN to protect their integrity as non partisan religious leaders.
      The problem is that the federal government led by GEJ will never recognize them and the money hungry pastors will never support them in this difficult path of truth, realism and non materialism .

    • redeem

      Mumu———-wahala———————- The allegation of the Vatican bank’s financial corruption has been made by an Italian magazine that pointed to the financial institute’s purported involvement in stealth fiscal transactions —via several accounts —with Italy’s UniCredit Bank, Russia Today television network quoted the Panorama magazine as reporting.
      “This corruption is continuing on a regular basis in the Vatican,” claimed Janathan Levy, a lawyer familiar with the bank.

      “Again, there’s no reason for a religion to have a bank that does worldwide commercial activities, dealing in gold, dealing in insurance, dealing in property and then hiding behind the Roman Catholic Church,” Levy pointed out.

      “I had the privilege to walk inside this bank. It’s nothing like a bank,” the Russian news channel quoted another lawyer, Massimiliano Gabrieli, as saying.

    • Waziri

      God bless u my brother. U sound poetic. Tell them again.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Christians, churches, non muslims and SOME MODERATE MUSLIMS are the targets of boko haram – CATHOLIC BISHOPS. The whole truth and nothing but the truth

  • FDR

    Grown men wearing dresses, petticoats and pointy hats. Hilarious!

    • redeem

      The Federal, States and Local Governments have shared a total of N611.708 billion as federal allocation for the month of August 2014 from my awoooooooooooooooooof oil revenue from the SS–yet they are never grateful to the people of the niger delta ati Jonathan.
      From this amount, the Federal Government got N238.089 billion (52.68%) as against N257.323 billion in July; the State Governments got N120.762 billion (26.72%) as against N130.518 billion in July and the Local Governments got N93.102 billion (20.60%) as against N100.624 billion in July. The oil producing states got N44.846 billion as 13% derivation revenue as against N52.878 billion in July. Thieves

      • Ide4u

        You are very pathetic and brain dead!!

  • redeem

    Child sexual abuse which the likes of @Wahala suffered –which were perpetrated by priests appears to have a long history within Christianity, and is especially associated with the Roman Catholic Church, due to a number of high profile scandals which have come to light in recent decades.
    Many of these scandals relate to molestations committed decades ago, which were hushed up by the Church at the time. This hushing up included pressurising abuse victims into silence, a practice supported by Church decrees such as the Crimean solicitations. This culture of secrecy and self-preservation is one of the factors which has allowed pedophiles to remain active within the clergy, together with the tradition of clerical celibacy which may attract those who cannot satisfy their sexual proclivities openly, and priests’ frequent access to children in the pastoral duties.

    • Abate Dokpu

      Reno Omokri or Okri or whatever or Reuben Abati or Doyin Okupe or whatever your real name is, you epitomize the Jonathan style as devised by Anenih and his cohorts. Anyone who does not sing Jonathan’s praises must be cut down. As you well know, the catholic church dates back to many centuries and has had millions of clergy. The clergy are humans and are not sinless. A few, compared to the huge number of the clergy, committed unspeakable attrocities and the leadership of the church, in some places, did wrong not to have moved forcefully against them. But the church has learned from it and they are seeking to make sure that such things are not condoned or tolerated going forward. There has also been restitution for the victims. Let us as Nigerians learn from this and reject the PDP evil leadership that has foisted corruption, hunger, darkness, disease, insecurity, unemployment, impunity, and all sorts of evil on the Nigerian nation for the past 15 years plus. Join hands with other Nigerians to ensure that, come 2015, Nigerians try something else. If those who come on board in 2015 do not do better, we kick them out in the next election circle, until we get a good, responsible, and responsive government.

      • Kolawole

        @Abate Dokpu nice writeup, I you jst expressed my thoughts

      • Isaac Azor

        A sensible and matured piece. I agree with you.

    • antonym

      You are talking out of point…and it is the early symptoms of madness.

  • Type W Riter

    and what has the catholic bishops done to guide nigerians walk the path of morality? i think all nigerian pastors bishops and any other religious institution be tied up to all the politicians and shot for negligence of duty.. all religious institutions are part of the nigerian problem… they and thier gods can kiss my black xss…

  • Public Tribune

    “There is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilize the Nigerian state

    and test our collective resolve. These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to
    establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively

    overwhelm the rest of the country.”

    ……………….President Goodluck Jonathan,

    (May 14th, 2013)

    • Roberto

      Hey, please stop the rhetoric and do the needful. This is a war; act war-like.
      Arrest all the financiers and supporters of Boko Haram. That’s the first step.
      Next step is: declare all-out aerial war in the axis from Michika to Damboa.
      Remove the residents first, and move in the army’s heavy artillery and tanks.

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  • Shetty

    Well said Ur Holiness ! Unlike that Buccaneer who call himself leader of the Nigerian Christians Yeye thief .

    • endingNaija

      Yu mean the money launderer PDP/Goodluck Jonathan Pastor? Na true ooo! Thanks sha!

  • LIKE MOST CHURCHES IN NIGERIA, the Roman Catholic church contradicts the Scripture on many teachings and practice of theirs.

    The following is from my article “No Images”:

    … In the Jewish Scripture (Old and New Testament), there’s no where anyone who had an encounter with God made a painting or drawing or image or picture of the God of Israel who conversed with them. The apostles didn’t do that with Jesus. According to the Hebrew God, any such painting or drawing is an abomination. However, for non-Jewish religions/cultures, paintings, drawings, images and pictures are essential to their spirituality. It’s pagan, not Christian.

    No angel is restricted to a particular appearance. They take one form/appearance at one time and appear in another form at another time.
    Evil spirits do that too, not just the holy angels. God the Creator has no particular physical form, face or appearance. Jesus said “God is
    Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The true-Jesus doesn’t identify Himself by a particular
    physical appearance, face or form.

    People honour various imaginations or deceitful spirits and falsely title it with the name of a servant of God (e.g., “Mary”, or “archangel Michael”), but the true God doesn’t want those who are His to have any idol or image whether physical or mental. Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”.
    God used Jeremiah to rebuke those who were adoring other spirits instead of the God of Israel alone. They usually also had physical
    images (moldings or carvings) that represent whatever spirits they had allowed to capture their mind. Following a deceitful spirit, they titled one of their idols “Queen of Heaven”: Jeremiah 7:18-20 “The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to
    make cakes for the Queen of Heaven, and they pour-out drink offerings to other Gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. Do they
    provoke Me to anger?’ says the LORD. ‘Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?’ Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
    ‘Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on human being and on animal, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the
    ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.”

    Today, many so-called “Christian” and many churches (e.g., Catholic churches, Celestial Church of Christ, Eastern Orthodox, etc) continue that same tradition which the God of Truth warned against from ancient times. They falsely use the name “Mary” to draw people into honoring an imagination or a deceitful spirit which they call “Holy Mary” or “Our Lady of Fatima” or “Mother of God” or “Madonna and the Christ child”, etc. God condemns it as a very evil thing.

    Rather than symbols, images, religious pictures, or imaginations, look at what the true God wants: Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these Words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write these Words on the doorposts of your house and on your gates [and walls].”

    4:12-20 “And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form, you only heard a voice. So He
    declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments … Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when YAH spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth. And be careful, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, moon, and stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the nations under the whole heaven as a heritage. But the Lord has taken you [the Jews] and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.”

    Destroy Your Pictures of Jesus:

    2Corinthians 5:7 “… we walk by faith, not by sight”. 1Peter 1:7-9 “that the genuineness of your faith … may be found to praise, honor, and
    glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy
    inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls.” John 20:29 “Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you
    have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 2Corinthians 4:18 “… we do not look at the
    things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen
    are eternal.” That’s true Christianity, no images. …

  • Mr. Abdin

    The Christians leaders are right on the security condition of the country hope others will learn from them.