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Nigerian prelate discusses Boko Haram threat

Catholic World News - July 10, 2012

Fearful that Nigeria may descend into anarchy, the president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference discussed the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram while receiving a peace prize in Rome.

“This Boko Haram issue is exceptional,” said Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos. “It has to be understood correctly. It is not Muslims in Nigeria fighting Christians in Nigeria or vice versa. It's an Islamic group, a terrorist group, a fundamentalist group that has lost orientation that is inflicting this terrible destruction on innocent citizens … The churches are the primary target because they identify the Church with Western culture.”

“Our desire is to stop it before it goes on to do damage or create a situation of anarchy and confusion,” he added. “No doubt some people lose their sense of direction and orientation and they try to inflict maxim pain and damage on human lives. This is unacceptable, it's inhuman, it's insensitive. So our work as peacemakers is to make sure people maintain an equilibrium, they understand life, they have respect for life created by God, and it give it the honor it deserves.”

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