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Nigerian archbishop shuns suggestions for security guards, despite terror threat

August 29, 2014

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has said that despite the dangers posed by Boko Haram terrorism, he does not have, or want, a personal security detail.

Acknowledging that he sometimes feels a normal sense of fear, the archbishop told Aid to the Church in Need that "I have given up everything to serve God and his people. I don’t have a biological family, no possessions I can call my own. If I should lose my life in the process of defending people’s rights to freedom of worship and the unity of humanity, I would leave behind no liabilities."

Archbishop Kaigama added that the presence of security guards would distance him from his people.


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