Some muslim youths attack and destroy Catholic church in Niger

Some youths were said to have attacked a Catholic church in Niger state on Friday, with the excuse that ‘Friday belongs to them’.

According to Daily Post, the youths laid siege on St. Philip’s Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, not so far from Zuma Rock in the state, and eyewitnesses reported that the Catholics had gone to church for prayers when the incident occurred. It was gathered that the Muslims laid claim on Friday as their day of worship, noting that the Christians were only allowed to worship on Sundays after which they (Muslims) destroyed the church’s properties.

A source disclosed that, “although some soldiers managed to get there but a lot of harm had been done to the building, while the Christians ran away in different directions to avoid being killed.” The Vicar-General of the diocese, Rev (Fr) Luka Sylvester Gopep, also confirmed the incident, saying: “Sometime around 2pm, some Muslim youths in their hundreds left their Mosque after their Friday Jumat prayer and rushed to the Church premises, climbed the wall and destroyed everything in the Church: the windows, the alter, musical instruments, the chapel.

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“The security man in the church premises was beaten to pulp. Some women who were holding a prayer meeting were chased away. The seminarian who is resident in the premises was also beaten up and chased away.” This incident is likely to irk Christians all over the country again as recently, a pastor’w wife, Mrs Eunice Olawale Elisha, was murdered in cold blood by some Muslims in Kubwa area of Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, for reportedly preaching in their area. Christians were after the incident, asked to protect themselves as the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) described the recent killing of Christians as brutal and unacceptable, adding: “authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and may not be tolerated anymore.”

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