Nigeria: ‘We are dealing here with a sustained campaign to wipe out Christianity’

August 27, 2022

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“As nuns freed, critics complain of campaign to ‘wipe out’ Christianity in Nigeria,” by Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux, August 24, 2022:

Four Nuns who were kidnapped in Nigeria’s southern Imo State on Sunday, Aug. 21, have been returned to their community.

Sisters Johannes Nwodo, Christabel Echemazu, Liberata Mbamalu and Benita Agu were freed unconditionally – meaning without the payment of a ransom – according to a statement issued Aug. 23 by members of the Sisters of Jesus the Savior (the Saviourite Sisters, or SJS) to which the nuns belong….

The kidnapping of the four Catholic Nuns has highlighted what some believe is the disquieting reality of a deliberate attempt to annihilate Christianity in Africa’s most populous nation.

“I am shocked (at the spate of kidnappings) because I know many priests and religious in that part of the country,” Johan Viljoen, director of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), a peace and justice organization of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), told Crux.

“We are dealing here with a sustained campaign to wipe out Christianity in general and the Catholic church in particular. No Christian is safe,” he said….