Abuja - The Catholic Church lamented that over 90 000 of its members remained displaced amid terror in the country.
The church said 14 parishes had been ransacked while about 20 priests displaced and some members are still searching for their loved ones in both Maiduguri and Yola dioceses.
“A good number of those trapped around the Cameroonian borders are gradually finding their way into Maiduguri. Counting their ordeals, some will tell you how they fed on grasses and insects. A group from Pulka community alone buried over 80 children who took ill in the bush and died,” the church in a statement its Director of Information of Maiduguri Diocese, Rev. Fr Gideon Obasogie, signed, said.
“As a church we are really going through a severe moment of persecution. Our ecclesiastical circumscription has faced a sharp disintegration. For now situation is still as before, no improvement whatsoever since our people are still displaced and have no much hope of getting home,” Obasogie said.
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He meanwhile disclosed the church had spent more than N3 million to cater for the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at different locations in Maiduguri in Borno State.
It had distributed more than 200 sacks of maize, rice, cooking oil, blankets, mosquito nets, rubber buckets, mats, cartons of Maggi, beans and sugar.
Obasogie said the church took to this because it must bear witness to the Gospel both in word and deed.
He called on the people not to lose faith, but to use this moment of trial and persecution as golden opportunity to express abundantly the faith they profess.
He encouraged the people to accept all that is happening to them in humility and to see the hand of God at work even as they are alive today.
“They must never give up even at the point of death.”
– CAJ News