Geneva - The World Council of Churches (WCC) spoke out against recent attacks in Nigeria as linked to the militant group, the Boko Haram.
“We want to offer our support and solidarity to the whole people of Nigeria, and its government,” WCC General Secretary, Tveit said in a statement issued from the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
“It is vital that the government take immediate and proactive steps to protect all the people of Nigeria and work strategically to defend them against such attacks, as well as supporting practically those who have recently experienced these atrocities,” said Tveit.
In his statement, the WCC General Secretary appreciated efforts by the Christian Council of Nigeria in working with other organizations to provide aid to people fleeing the violence.
A large number of the local population fled to the Cameroon border in order to escape the violence.
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Tveit also drew attention to the plight of more than 200 school girls who were abducted six months ago in Chibok and are still held captive.
“We believe this to be totally unacceptable. We call upon the government to continue to work for their well-being and speedy release,” he said.
Tveit affirmed a statement from the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN) The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) President Dr Samuel Dante Dali, who said, “We need urgent help from the international community if the global community can have compassion on us… The future of Nigeria is getting darker and darker day by day, but Nigerian political leadership do not seem to take the suffering of the people very seriously. The government of Nigeria with all its security seems very weak and helpless in handling the crisis.”
Tveit invited Christians and people of good will to hold Nigerian people in prayers.
– CAJ News