Bishop Martin Igwemezie Uzoukwu of Minna, Nigeria, walks near the coffins of some of the victims of a 2012 Christmas bombing at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, during a funeral for the victims. Several Nigerian bishops criticized the gov ernment for considering granting amnesty to Boko Haram, an Islamist sect blamed for the deaths of at least 1,400 people since 2010.
Catholic News Service
Several Catholic bishops warned the Nigerian government to be wary of the consequences of granting amnesty to Boko Haram, a sect that wants to impose strict Islamic law.
Mass attendance had dropped because the Islamist sect often targets churches.
One bishop urged the government to dialogue with the leadership of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which has been linked to attacks on petroleum installations in southern Nigeria.
Many residents in northern Nigeria live in fear that Boko Haram could strike at any time, killing innocent people.
The Nigerian government set up a committee to advise President Goodluck Jonathan on whether to grant amnesty to Boko Haram, an Islamist sect blamed for the deaths of at least 1,400 people since 2010. The committee, whose members included security chiefs and ministers who form the security council, submitted its report to Jonathan.
Why should the government “grant amnesty to vandals of human souls and bodies?” one archbishop questioned.
ranting amnesty to Boko Haram is “like granting amnesty to terrorists, it is unthinkable,” a retired bishop countered.