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Rights groups condemn attacks at places of worship

21 July 2015, 11:02Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC) has appealed for rigorous efforts against the Boko Haram amid the violence the sect has perpetrated in local places of worship in recent weeks.

Dr Anselm Oboku, an executive at the organisation, said NHRC, a coalition of 135 civil society groups spread across Nigeria, rose up to add its voice to the campaigns for peace and religious freedom in the country.

Obuku observed with grave concern the recent discovery of a bomb in the premises of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) in Jos.

“If the bomb had exploded, hundreds of Christians would have died, thereby compounding the security situation in Nigeria,” said Oboku.

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The official pointed out that in Borno State, a few weeks ago, terrorist groups also attacked a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), causing scores of deaths.

In Monguno, also in Borno, last month, 63 people were killed when a terrorist group set up explosions.

Earlier this month, the Sabon Gari Secretariat in Zaria, Kaduna was attacked with bombs. At least 40 people died.

“Consequently, after a thorough reflection on the spate of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, one is bound to conclude that concerted efforts should be made by international institutions, governments and corporate institutions to work with the Nigerian government to be able to stem the ugly trend,” said Oboku.

The Boko Haram violence has claimed the lives of more than 13 000 and driven 2 million from their homes. 

- CAJ News


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