The dreaded Islamic-sect, Boko Haram has attacked the Catholic Church in Maiduguri, Borno State and in the process dislodged 20 out of the 46 priests working in the Maiduguri Diocese, Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese; Rt. Rev. Dr. Oliver Doeme Dashe has said.
He also informed that out of the 40 existing parishes 20 have been deserted, adding that out of the six existing Deaneries, three are now being occupied by members of the insurgents, while calling on the Federal Government to expedite action towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency or risk its spread across the country.
The Bishop, whose jurisdiction spans across the three states under the emergency rule, said actions of the insurgency has paralysed economic, social, religious, agricultural activities in all the affected states, as people continue to wallow in abject suffering and expressed sadness that government seems to be less concerned.
“I wonder what is happening. The government is supposed to be proactive but the Boko Haram is always ahead of the security personnel and even the plans of the government. Something is basically wrong and I am therefore using this opportunity to call on the government to act decisively before this cancer spreads to every part of the body” the bishop lamented to a television station in Damaturu, Yobe State.
One of the Reverend Fathers who was in Mubi during the attack, Fr. David Bridling, while narrating his ordeal blamed security forces, who could not repel the attack but ran along with the defenceless civilians.
The priest, who said many people died during the attack, stressed that the federal government is not committed to ending the dastardly acts of the sect members.