Lagos - The Wind Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed
deep shock over the latest attacks by extremist group Boko Haram.
The attacks are said to have cost the lives of more than 2 000
people, including children used in suicide bomb attacks.
"A mind-set which deploys young children as bombs and
which indiscriminately slaughters women, children and elderly people is
beyond outrage, and disqualifies itself from any possible claim to
religious justification," reads a statement issued by the WCC
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland late Monday.
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In the statement, the WCC called on the Nigerian government
to respond meaningfully to these attacks and to ensure protection of the
people from any and all such atrocities.
The WCC also joined its voice with Nigerian religious
leaders who have called for the international community's solidarity and
engagement, expressing deep disappointment at the relative - even
discriminatory - lack of international media coverage.
"As much as the WCC joins in the international
solidarity with the people of France in the aftermath of the recent
attacks in and near Paris, we are deeply saddened that the tragic events
in Nigeria have not attracted equivalent international concern and
solidarity," read the statement.
The WCC has member churches in Nigeria.
The Council has been actively engaged in inter-religious
peace initiatives in the country in cooperation with local partners.
A high-level Christian-Muslim visit to Nigeria in 2012 was co-led by the WCC general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and Prince Ghazi of Jordan of the Royal Jordanian Aal Al-Bayt Institute (RABIIT).
The two organizations have been working together to
establish a centre to monitor religiously based violence and promote inter-religious harmony, justice and peace.
The centre in Abuja will open during the first half of 2015.
- CAJ News