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Priests return to beleaguered Nigerian diocese

May 28, 2015

Approximately half of the 25 priests who left the Diocese of Maiduguri because of attacks from Boko Haram have been able to return, according to a report from the Missionary Service News Agency.

The northeastern Nigerian diocese has been a center of the jihadist group’s activities, but an army offensive has erased some of Boko Haram’s gains.

“I was forced to abandon the parish on orders of my bishop, Msgr. Oliver Dashe Doeme, convinced that remaining would be highly imprudent,” said Father James John, who slept on the streets of the capital of another Nigerian state but has returned.

“Boko Haram continues carrying out massacres, because the government does nothing,” he added. “The Nigerian people, Christians and Muslims without distinction, have been left alone.”

 


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