Bishop Jude Arogundade of the Ondo Diocese said these were painful words, especially since the attack occurred in a sanctuary built by Irish missionaries. The bishop wrote: “To suggest or make a connection between victims of terror and consequences of climate change is not only misleading but also exactly rubbing salt to the injuries of all who have suffered terrorism. … The victims of terrorism are of another category to which nothing can be compared!”
While these debates rage on, Rasche said Christians in Nigeria have continued to appeal for help, collecting thousands of photographs and videos as evidence for examination by government officials, business leaders, religious groups and nonprofit agencies.
The bloody realities on the ground in Nigeria “should not be news to anyone at the State Department, to anybody at the British Foreign Office, to anybody in the European Union,” he said. “These photos are easily available on social media, and one has to ask whether or not anyone is actually making an effort to look at the truth.”
The harsh reality is that Nigeria’s tradition of shared power between the Muslim North and the Christian South has broken down in recent years. This is crucial since the nation’s population of 216 million is almost equally divided between Muslims and Christians.
Nigerian officials blamed the St. Francis Church attack on the Islamic State Western Africa Province, which has ties to the terrorist group Boko Haram, while avoiding references to networks of politically powerful Fulani herdsmen.
In response, said Rasche, many Nigerian Christians simply “throw up their hands,” because they no longer trust their own government or the leaders of the United States and the European Union.
“They don’t look at us … as being serious about any of these things,” he said. “They are completely disillusioned that the U.S. government is going to have any kind of effective role to play. … They’ve just given up that anybody in the West is going to come to their aid.”Reality on bloody ground: That Pentecost massacre in Nigeria wasn’t all that unusual
by Terry Mattingly
Nigerian Christians will have to push forward, on their own.
I pray that they will be guided by God.
I am far away, and take a foreign American perspective: It would be wise to set their own guard up, and organize their own defense – regardless if their government and Islamic neighbors don’t like it. Christian life, like Muslim life, has value. Perhaps a dual Christian/Islamic defense force may work…
A foreigner’s idea may or may not be the right thing to do: the locals on the spot must decide for themselves. Watch, pray, consider, act.
One thing I do know: there are no massacres of Muslims in their mosques, anywhere in Nigeria.
There are only massacres of Christians in their churches.
Some good news, though: the murders are not as completely suppressed and ignored as they were during the Soviet era, within Communist-ruled territories.
The “politically powerful Fulani herdsmen” fight alongside Satan, against the future.
Just like the Soviet commissars – or, for that matter, today’s Chinese CCP economic managers – did and do.
Kill, they can do. Build a future that matters, they cannot.
No unrepentant murderers will enter the Kingdom of God.