Nigerian genocide – Bishop Doeme appeals to all Christians for help


Bishop Doeme, whose diocese is in north-east Nigeria, is sending out an urgent  worldwide appeal. He asks Christians everywhere to tell their international institutions to stop sitting on their hands and do something about the threat of genocide by Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist organization.

Nigerian Christians are still enduring extreme  persecution at the hands of Boko Haram. Godiya Ousman, a woman in her 50s  who spent 20 months trying to escape Boko Haram when she was forced to flee her home in Nigeria, said “Christians in Nigeria are suffering a lot…if they see that a Christian comes to sell something at the market, in a minute or two, they appear, they kill you, and nobody says anything.”

Jorge Casafulli, an Argentine priest who spent 20 years in Africa and is now based in northern Nigeria, vividly describes the persecution Christians suffer daily: “Christians do not have access to public office. You can not preach Christ openly in the streets, and public manifestation of faith…are not allowed. The alternative is torture or death.”

Their testimony is very impressive: how long will the international community continue to look the other way?

The situation in Nigeria is now critical as the violence has escalated in recent weeks.To make matters worse, these fresh attacks have come only a few days after Nigerian President Buhari claimed that the jihadist army was “technically defeated.”

But, the fact is, the genocide of Christians continues…right the way through Christmas, and now as the new year begins.

Please help bring a stop to this barbarism. The local Christian community cannot do it on their own. They need our help. They need our voices to rise up for them. Our Nigerian brothers are showing signs of faith, strength and hope. The least we can do is to show some solidarity.

Bishop Doeme is asking us to petition the international community – the Union of African States, the EU and the UN – for political, economic and military support to combat the scourge of Boko Haram. There is a good chance of stopping the violence if we can bring international pressure to bear.

Please help save Nigerian Christians and sign this urgent petition.

Thank you for your solidarity.

ACN Malta