Boko Haram forces closure of Nigerian diocese: The Church of England Newspaper, April 18, 2014 June 2, 2014Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Nigeria.
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The Church of Nigeria has temporarily closed the Diocese of Damatura in Northeastern Nigeria’s Yobe State due to the terror campaign waged against Christians by Boko Haram. The Primate of All Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh reports the Rt. Rev. Abiodun Ogunyemi has been evacuated to Jos and the “clergy are just being paid to keep it on.” The Islamist terror group has sought to drive Christians out of Northern Nigeria and in recent months has moved the war south. On 14 April 2014 over 200 people were killed when a bomb detonated at a commuter bus station outside Abuja. The previous day approximately 60 Christians were murdered in the Northeastern State of Borno. However “our church in Maiduguri is miraculously on but the churches are being attacked here and there,” Archbishop Okoh said. “The Bishop has escaped so many attacks, but he is still there; so what we are doing is to find a way to support the Bishop to support his members. The Bishop is there to ensure that the church does not die.” “Let me say that evil will not win this battle no matter how long it takes,” Archbishop Okoh said.