“According to recent statistics, some 6,000 Nigerian Christians have been killed since 2015 by, mostly, Boko Haram and militant Fulani pastoralists, which have committed terrorist attacks against Christian farmers”, reads the letter sent to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN by the President of COMECE (Catholic Church in the European Union), His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Claude Cardinal Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg.

In expressing their solidarity with the Nigerian confreres, reported Fides News Agency, COMECE calls “the Eu, its Member States, and the international community to use diplomatic, political and financial instruments to assist Nigerian authorities to stop the violence, bringing the criminals to justice, supporting the victims and fully including Christians (47% of the national population) in all State structures and levels of administrations – including the police and armed forces”.

In his message, Cardinal Hollerich recalls that “the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria condemned the Federal Government for failing its primary duty of protecting the lives of citizens and lamented that the “culture of death is becoming embedded into our daily lives”. In addition, Nigerian Bishops clearly expressed that the ongoing violence, in reference to the Fulani herdsmen, “can no longer be treated as mere clash between pastoralists and farmers”.

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