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Nigerian prelates denounce Boko Haram

Catholic World News - April 02, 2012

Two leading prelates in southern Nigeria have denounced the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram for targeting Christians and Christian churches. Southern Nigeria is largely Christian; most of Boko Haram’s attacks have taken place in the northern part of the nation.

“We cannot close our eyes and remain silent in the face of evil,” said Archbishops Anthony Obinna of Owerri and Valerian Okeke of Onitsha. “It is most unfortunate that members of Boko Haram make Nigerians relive the trauma of past years, which we have repeatedly experienced in the violent hands of vicious sectarian groups.”

“Their terrorist acts are a discredit to them and to Islam, in whose name they claim to commit these atrocities,” the prelates added.

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