Archbishop Kaigama: Nigeria attacks defy all reason

2012-05-01 Vatican Radio

Twenty one people are being mourned in Nigeria today after they were killed by gunmen who attacked Christian religious services on Sunday in the north of the country. The co-ordinated assaults happened at a university campus, during the observance of a religious service, and a church. “This horrific attack really defies all logic”, said the Archbishop of Jos and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Ignatius Kaigama, reacting to Sunday’s killings.
He told Lydia O’Kane that people are “in a state of shock” and are wondering when the violence will stop.
Archbishop Kaigama also added his Archdiocese has been touched by violence recently.
“My church was attacked, so many killed. A few weeks ago we had the one month’s mind of the death of 14 of our parishioners who died in that attack.”
No group has claimed responsibility for this latest violence, but the attacks bore similarities to others carried by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. Listen to Lydia O'Kane's full interview with Archbishop Kaigama