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Call for action to stop ‘Nigerian genocide’

A Nigerian priest in Scotland has backed a leading Catholic charity’s campaign calling for an end to the killing of Christians in his homeland.

Aid to the Church in Need is asking Catholics to sign a petition demanding more be done to stop ongoing attacks on Christians and others in Nigeria.

Fr James Anyaegbu, the assistant priest at St Mary’s Beauly and originally from Aba Diocese in Nigeria, said the ‘news of murder or church massacre has become the order of the day for Nigerians.’

“The ACN petition is a step in the right direction,” he said.

“Since the internal body of the Nigerian government has not handled the problem judiciously, a timely intervention from the external communities like the UK government will go a long way to help us.

“I urge everyone who can to sign the petition and demand accountability from the Nigerian government and justice for the victims.

ACN’s John Pontifex, who spoke at the petition’s launch, said that the charity’s project partners have stressed that the situation is getting worse.

“Just a couple of weeks ago, Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Makurdi told ACN that the Christian community is increasingly facing kidnappings, killings, terrorism and banditry – they feel that the world has forgotten them as they suffer in silence,” he said.

Find out more about the petition here.

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