It is over 30 days now that our church communities in Gulak, Shuwa, Michika, Bazza...... were sacked by the callous and nefarious attacks of the Boko haram terrorists. While Gwoza and Magadali had been under the tyrannic and despotic control of the terrorists; this is almost the sixtieth day. Our Priests are displaced. This act of territorial capturing in our estimation is sad, heart arching and potentially deadly and dangerous to the territorial integrity and the common good of Nigeria.
Our minds are greatly troubled, do we think about our status? Or about our family members yet to be connected with ever since we fled our homes? Do we worry about our aged parents who were not so strong to flee; they always fed us with words of encouragement and wisdom. Do we worry about our sick members, women and infants who had been trapped? Most of whom we heard had been raped and killed. Or worry about the health, education and future of our children? We have got a lot of questions yet to be answered.
Talking about resumption, our children have not yet been fed well or clothed; so resumption to school is practically out of our calculation. In our opinion, If thousands of Nigerian children can't go to school then in the long run “boko is indeed haram”. Then their future is at stake, quite bleak. The health condition of our people is truly troubling in their displaced camps.
While our people perish, inaction or rather slow action is what we get. Political activities in the neighboring communities are on-going, as though nothing is at stake. The seemingly not so much talked about syndicate would someday be a yoke on all.
Lately, the three Local Government Areas of Bama, in Borno state and Madagali / Michika in Adamawa State and their Chairmen were all sacked. The Shehus and Emirs (un -throned)- or overturned, this amounts to what I would rather refer to as a (cultural coup), since unknown figures have been placed in such capacities. Thousands displaced, many killed, and others forcibly conscripted. These are pointers that Boko haram terrorism is not just a northern problem, but a Nigerian problem and in fact a global issue.
As a church we are really going through a severe moment of persecution. Our ecclesiastical circumscription is facing a sharp disintegration. We pray that Our Lady Help of ChristIans would intercede for us.
Fr. Gideon Obasogie Director of Communication.