(AsiaNews) - "Boko Haram terrorists want to spark a war between Christians and
Muslims, but no Nigerian Muslim wants this," said Mgr Ignatius Ayau Kaigama,
bishop of Jos
(central Nigeria). The prelate spoke to AsiaNews
after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a car in front of a Pentecostal
church in Jos yesterday, wounding about 50 people. A few hours later, a group
of extremists fired at a Protestant church in Biu (northern Nigeria) during
Mass, killing one woman.
is no war between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria," the prelate stressed.
"Most Muslims are against Boko Haram terrorists."
the Jos attack, a group of young Christians who survived the collapse of the
church building attacked some Muslims who were near the blast site. Seven
people died during the incident.
Jos bishop, Boko Haram is a small group of criminal fanatics bent on wiping
Christians and their symbols to replace them with those of Islam.
and their supporters are using religion to impose their Sharia-driven political
and economic agenda. For this reason, they attack Christian churches and
buildings, which represent western nations for Muslims.
government must do all it can to protect Christians and prevent further
attacks, which cause panic and sow death in the population," the prelate added.
2009, Boko Haram has carried out numerous attacks against churches, schools,
police stations and government buildings in northern Nigeria, causing more than
1,000 deaths. (S.C.)