Ordinary people living ordinary lives were the victims in Nigeria’s church murder. Impunity, insecurity, instability, intolerance and indifference must be replaced by justice, protection, and accountability. And politicians need to be more honest about what drives the carnage.

Jun 12, 2022 | News

Caroline Agboola
Veginus Nwani
Chidiogo Nwani

Just one week ago more than 30 people were shot dead or murdered as explosives ripped through a congregation and took their deadly toll in a Nigerian church.

Ozurumba Bridget
Madam Onuoha and Papa Onuoha

Every life lost represented tragic heartbreak for individual families. Some of the photographs of the victims and some of their stories have started to be published. These were ordinary people going about ordinary and simple lives.

It is striking how little interest mainstream media have had in detailing their stories. Individual lives lost in Nigeria should be no less newsworthy than in any other part of the world.

And it is striking how quickly politicians and commentators trot out the same discredited banal narrative that the drivers for such carnage are climate change and lack of resources.

They say that the causes are “complicated”, with hardly a mention of the Jihadist ideology that is behind the endless atrocities of ISIS and Boko Haram.

And then they say that everyone suffers and there is a sort of equivalence with victims coming from varied religious backgrounds.

They should tell that to the families whose loved ones are targeted, day in and day out, and see what sort of response they receive.

It’s high time the world woke up to the unpalatable truth that the same malign force that has murdered and maimed it’s way through community after community continues to brutally murder Nigerian people and has been able to do so with impunity.



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