Local Nigerian Catholics Decry Violence in Homeland, Call for Independent Biafra

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Four men of the Nigerian Igbo community at St. Fortunata parish speculated what the violent conditions in their homeland would look like.

Imagine, challenged Chibuzo Nweke, that a gunman appears suddenly and sprays the congregants with bullets.

“They’re killing Christians,” Nweke said of the attackers from northern Nigeria. “They are bombing churches just like this. They would set this ablaze.”

Nweke, vice chairman of the Nigerian Community in St. Fortunata, said 70 percent of Nigerian Christians are Catholic. Still, attackers also target Anglicans, members of the Assemblies of God Fellowship, and Baptists. He said victims aren’t only fellow members of the Igbo group; others belong to the Yoruba culture.

“And,” added Evans Anuforoh, “as I am speaking to you right now, it is going on.”