“Life Has No Meaning”, Nigerian Bishop Facing Boko Haram

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Bishop Oliver Doeme, who heads the Nigerian diocese which has suffered the most from Boko Haram, has lamented his government’s failure to effectively counter the militants, saying human life is being devalued.

“We use to think that salt is the cheapest commodity in the market, well, life is cheaper now especially in the Northeastern part of Nigeria,” Bishop Doeme of Maiduguri wrote in a report delivered recently to his fellow bishops and to Aid to the Church in Need, which is helping him to rebuild Church infrastructure and to care for the thousands of displaced persons in his diocese.

Maiduguri is the capital of Borno State, which is the center of activity for the radical Islamist group whos name means “Western education is sinful.” It launched an uprising in 2009, the same year Bishop Doeme was transferred to Maiduguri.

Bishop Doeme’s diocese covers much of the territory of Borno State, as well as the states of Adamawa and Yobe. In May 2013, Nigeria’s president declared a state of emergency in those three states because of Boko Haram’s violence… Read More

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