Christian life in a state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno

By Rev. Fr. Maurice Kwairanga, Yola, Nigeria

Rev. Fr. Maurice Kwairanga, JDPC Coordinator, Katholische Diözese von Yola, Nigeria.  Foto: missio

Rev. Fr. Maurice Kwairanga, JDPC Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Yola, Nigeria. / Photo: missio

The state of emergency declared in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno have been welcomed by most Christians here. Even though there is the seizure of network, restriction in movements and the ceaseless stop and search operations at the multiple check points spread across the affected areas.

On a general note this has impacted positively on the lives of Christians:

Worship Centers free of attack: Since the declaration of the state of emergency, we have not recorded any attack on Churches and worship grounds. Prior to this people were most times too scared to come to Church.

No Christian killed: The Cathedral Administrator of St. Theresa’s Cathedral Yola in Adamawa State Very Rev. Fr. Charles Damboyi says none of his Parishioners has been shot. A good number of the Cathedral Parishioners have been shot before at their business premises in town especially in Jimeta along Bishop Sheehan Street.

Christians sleep in peace: We no longer sleep with fear of being attacked, killed or our properties destroyed from attacks by the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect.

No Incessant Bomb Attacks in Public Places: People use to go to shopping malls, open markets and large government buildings in fear because such places had been attacked before. You were never sure when the next attack would come. People’s confidence in going about their normal business has been restored because of the heavy presence of the security.
We thank God for this bold step that President Goodluck Jonathan had taken to restore normalcy to the troubled North-East region of Nigeria. We pray for a peaceful society and religious freedom.

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