VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference called for the international community to help his country improve its security operations to stop the “fundamentalist, fanatic” Boko Haram terrorist group.
The day after a Catholic church, an elementary school and a police station in Damagun were attacked, presumably by Boko Haram members, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos told Vatican Radio: “There is high religious tension in Nigeria, but we are not at war between Christians and Muslims. The Boko Haram is at war with Christians, because they have vowed they will kill Christians because they are ‘infidels.’ This is a fact, but it is not the whole Islamic community.”
In its two-year campaign to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law on the entire country, Boko Haram has been blamed for more than 1,400 deaths of Christians, Muslims and police officers.
Archbishop Kaigama was in Rimini, Italy, where he addressed Communion and Liberation lay movement.