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Nigerian prelates lament weak response to Islamist terrorism

May 02, 2012

Following a recent terrorist attack on worshippers at a Mass in Kano, two leading Nigerian prelates criticized the government’s response to the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.

“At first we were ready to be patient with the government when it was saying that this kind of Islamic terrorism is new,” said Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, the nation’s capital. “It has become clear that we have a weak government that has put together a whole lot of compromises that means that the action that should be taking place is not taking place.”

“The rampant attacks show that government security is not working,” added Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the nation’s episcopal conference. “Why the government cannot identify the people involved baffles the imagination. We pay tax money and we have a right to know what is being done about the problem.”


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