Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna (© Aid to the Church in Need)

Christians in Nigeria are living in fear – according to a leading bishop – who says the killing of two priests last weekend has traumatised the community.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna described the fear and uncertainty after the fatal shooting of one of his priests, Father Vitus Borogo, on Saturday, 25th June. 

The following day, Father Christopher Odia was also killed in Edo State, in the south of the country. Both men appear to have been murdered during kidnapping attempts.

Archbishop Ndagoso said: “Everybody is on edge – all of us, the clergy, the laypeople, everybody. People are afraid, and rightly so. People are traumatised, and rightly so.”

Although all parts of society suffer from terror, the extremists have made no secret of their intention to drive Christians from the region. In 2020 alone, 3,000 Christians were killed in the country by militant groups. Against this backdrop, ACN is doing all it can to support a Church under siege.

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