Nigeria: Clergy Conduct More Funerals than Weddings

Monday, September 14, 2015

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - A clergyman in Plateau state, Nigeria, told protestors that during the last 15 years he has conducted more funerals than weddings, according to Morning Star News.

Addressing hundreds of demonstrators at the Plateau House of Assembly on Aug. 31, the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Anglican archbishop of Jos, said the Christian funerals resulted from attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen working with Boko Haram jihadists.

"As a pastor, I have conducted more burial services of those killed through attacks than weddings and naming ceremonies since 2001," he said. "It's sad to note that most victims of the attacks are harmless children, some infants, women and youth."

“The Nigerian government must end the killings. Attention should not be concentrated only in the northeast alone, as people too are being killed here in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa and Kaduna states."
On the very day of the protest, armed herdsmen had killed five Christians in Tanabu village, Gashish Distric and Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

Quoting Bonhoeffer's "silence in the face of evil is itself evil," protestor Paul Teyei said the Nigerian government's silence about the killings shows its silent support for the ongoing jihad against Nigeria's Christians.