In a statement released by Agenzia Fides – the News Agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples – the Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev Dr Alfred Adewale Martins, stated that “the Boko Haram insurgency is becoming even more worrisome that they were trying to “conquer” territories that the military have to try and liberate”.
In his statement, entitled “Take to heart” the Archbishop speaks of recent events which have seen Boko Haram taking control of some villages in the north of Nigeria and a series of suicide bombings committed by women also. In this regard, Archbishop Martins says that “it is most disheartening to see women and children blowing themselves up in the guise of fighting a religious war”.
The Archbishop also appeals to Nigerians not to despair for the spread of Ebola that is creating serious concern in Nigeria and neighboring Countries. Cameroon has blocked land borders, sea and air with Nigeria to prevent the spread of the disease. Cameroon welcomes tens of thousands of Nigerians fleeing the violence of Boko Haram.
– Agenzia Fides 19/08/2014