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Youths Attack Catholic Church5A group of suspected Muslim youths yesterday attacked St. Philip’s Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, close to Zuma Rock in Niger State, destroying properties worth thousands of Naira, THISDAY reports.

Reports say the attackers, numbering about 200 stormed the church premises on Friday, destroyed properties, and injured the church’s security officer and a seminarian.

The attackers reportedly said that the church had no right to worship on Fridays because it is their day of worship.

Rev. Fr. Luka Sylvester Gopep, the Vicar-General of the Diocese, who confirmed the incident said:

“Sometime around 2pm, some Muslim youths in numbering 200 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.

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.

Just last week, Eunice Olawale, a mobile preacher of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was killed by some fanatical Muslims in Kubwa, FCT. How long are we going to continue like this?,” he said.

Gopep said they have reported the incident to the police, and the police assured them that they will investigate the matter, adding that some arrests have been made.

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38 Comments

  1. Ada Nnewi

    July 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I’m all for respecting people’s religions as some of my best friends are muslims but this madness has to stop… this crazy people up north only understand violence and i think it’s time christians stopped running from them.. They attack you, man up and attack them…The palestinians only understood violence, hence the isrealis after hitler’s madness decided to respond to violence against them with deathly force now the crazy palestinians are crying wolf… Dear christian brethren if this crazy people attack you join forces, all of you, Pentecostal, anglican, catholics, methodists, deeper life, mfm, etc and attack them and their places of worship..till they understand that people can choose to be mad… Jesus got mad when the temple was desecrated, you people are allowed to get angry at people desecrating your places of worship…

    • Naijatalk

      July 17, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Waiting for a robust response from Mr. President himself; not Femi Adesina, not Lai Mohammed, or some other unelected cabinet member but the damn President to speak on the activities of these cursed marauders.
      But as usual we wait in vain. Ada Nnewi, it had to take more atrocities for you to see the madness that you helped unleash in this nation. God will forgive everyone of you.
      No nation accommodates these accursed beings and enjoys peace. This is scriptural, no apologies.
      Christians on the other hand, this is an indictment on our lack of unity in Nigeria. For the longest time, C.A.N. was the voice of the voice of the voiceless. CAN, and the foreign Voice of the Martyrs, until Pastor Oritsejafor of PFN started speaking up too. Oritsejafor went away, silence. CAN continued the lone wolf cry, the CAN youth have decried the marginalization of this government, PFN and PFN youth, silence. Deeper life pastors have been slaughtered, PFN silence.
      Agbaheme was killed, PFN silence. Eunice Olawale was butchered in cold blood, all of a sudden PFN issues a decree to the government to fish out her killers in 10 days. I laugh in Amharic. Who will take you seriously?
      Christians put away doctrinal differences and come together, put away tribal differences and let us watch God fight this battle. Our God is a God of social justice. When we put up a United front and speak with one voice, so much power will be unleashed. The power in the love of Christ will fight. These people will see and know who is God.

    • LemmeRant

      July 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Meanwhile Mr. President has issued a statement about the recent developments in turkey

    • nawa

      July 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

      isn’t the the president a muslim – you will be waiting for a long time for him to condemn

    • Oversabi

      July 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Why will he offer any comments? Erdogan is moslem. He came from an Islamist political background. He is a comrade in Buhari’s eyes. He suffers in Buhari’s eyes because he is a moslem brethren.

    • Zain

      July 17, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Ada nnewi; will you shut up!!! When you were carrying the matter like gala on your head before the elections nko. Let me not say you will reap what you sow but this should serve as a deterrent to your likes.
      How do you sleep at night since the new government took over . Nonsense…yeye de smell. Shame to all Muslims keeping quiet and not condemning this act. Religion of peace my behind….Trump was actually right by saying he will ban Muslims . All the problems in the world are caused by Muslims; tuehhhhh…

    • Ada Nnewi

      July 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Zain please shut up… in 2001 when jos was on fire and pregnant women were slaughtered and their bellies split open for their fetuses to rotimi in the street was buhari president… don’t be silly this afternoon abeg.

    • Ada Nnewi

      July 17, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      *rot

    • MissG

      July 18, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Oh God! Pls give us Biafra, we don’t want unity anymore. We are tired. ?

    • bangis caponjos

      September 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      idot this is not good u have investigate wat happen first

  2. Busarni

    July 17, 2016 at 11:03 am

    All for the religion of peace; and your president will not say anything on the matter. Christians are infidels na.. I wonder how real Muslims feel as almost all the atrocities in the world right now are perpetuated by Muslims.
    What do I know? I still prefer a Nigeria under Gej with less religious violence.

    • Psalm

      July 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Bursani, you think the real Moslems are the ones who do not engage in violence? Well, I have a different observation. The real ones are those who attacked the Catholic Church; those that sponsored them; the cleric who gave them pep talk before they left the mosque for the church; and those in position to correct them but conveniently failed to do so. They are the real Muslims. That explains why many Muslims in the sothwest are considered fake by mainstream Muslims in the north. They almost killed my friend during the post-2011 election violence orchestrated by Buhari supporters. Surprised, I asked why he was a target and he said : ‘Guy you know say we wey be Yoruba Muslim, they no dey see us as Muslims’. He is not any kind of Yoruba, he was born and raised in the north. He can’t speak Yoruba, but Hausa is his first language.
      To the present story. This is exactly what happens when you elect an Islamic fundamentalist as a President. Especially when a number of Christians endorsed him and called him Messiah, making a mess of the word ‘Messiah’.
      This is what happens when there have been killings with religious/ethnic undertone and the President kept moot. That silence says ‘keep it up boys’. That’s why those boys had the courage to attack a church in broad daylight. They didn’t sneak in at night, they didn’t wear masks over their faces.
      When a president has the means to quell violence but he lets it endure, you can’t blame an average man who says the president is in cahoots with the perpetrators of the said violent acts. Most of these rascals idolise Buhari and he knows. One sentence from him can keep them silent (at least till another Christian becomes president). Given the way they sheepishly adore him, if he releases a statement (sights and sound) that says ‘stop, it’s enough’, they will stop with such immediacy that might shock Nigerians. But he says nothing. He has not even acknowledged that there are people called herdsmen who are going round the country, killing innocent people with ease. The killings and carnage are not serious enough to attract a statement from Emperor Buhari himself.
      As dictatorial and Muslim as he was, Abacha dethroned Sultan of Sokoto. That sent some signal to everyone, including jihadists, that it was a secular state afterall. Fastforward to 2016: Buhari declares Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays. The Sultan says he has not sighted the moon, and the president hurriedly adds Thursday to the public holidays. Apparently, this is harmless, but it also sent a signal, a different signal. I predict that before 2019, there will be a serious clamour for the government to make Friday a work-free day, and the government might give it some thoughts.
      I’m not surprised this is the Nigeria we have now. There’s nothing in Buhari’s antecedent that shows he would lead/rule Nigeria in a different way. Every research about his past revealed his unflinching sectional, religious and ethnic inclinations. The signs were there but some people said he was the best we could get. If those people didn’t attempt to mislead Nigerians intentionally, then, they were dumb beyond saving. It’s one of the two or both.
      From Bridget of Deeper Life to Eunice of Redeemed, to others we don’t know, and then this, and the next. Unfortunately, there will be a next one. What are Christians doing? Besides suggestion to arm themselves and fight back, what are all the fathers of faith doing? I won’t make the mistake of asking what the government is doing. I believe that if the genuine fathers of the different churches go into their closets, fast and pray earnestly … even the foundations of Aso Villa will shake. It may not sound pragmatic to some people but I believe.
      Until they do it, Christians should be prepared and vigilant. Because when the highest authority to whom you submitted your rights in exchange for security unashamedly demonstrates his disdain or hatred for you, even the police will not be your friend.

  3. Ruqqah

    July 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Its sad and disturbing when I see such on BN. I’m a proud muslimah and a Ghanaian, in Ghana, we live in peace with our Christian neighbours, this is not islam, all the violence and inhumane acts are uncalled for no matter ones religious beliefs. I pray all those involved are arrested. Why should u disturb another cos he does not believe in your doctrines? Quran chapter 109 verse 6 stated clearly ” to you your religion to me mine” infact that whole chapter of the Quran talks about difference in religion. No need to disturb people’s peace cos they are not muslims please!

    • Just my 1 Cents

      July 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Please be consistent.

      Now that we know a verse that is opposing this act, why not also quote the verse that supports it?

  4. Zebby

    July 17, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Destroyers of everything creators of nothing. Muslims

  5. Oma

    July 17, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Nooooo, this is too much. This has gotten out of hand, ogini di? Please let no Muslim tell me they worship the God of Peace because how cn you then right after worship move to destroy? Yes, Peace and Violence ARE mutually exclusive -it is either or, you cannot have both together.
    During Jonathan’s reign these cowards hid under the guise of Boko Haram now their brother is president they come out in full force, no fear, with impunity, knowing nothing will happen to them.
    Oh I weep for my country, I weep for Christians who are really the victims even though it is always the Muslims who cry wolf world-over.
    Muslims, face the truth, admit it, it can’t be that hard; your religion needs a reformation, a major overhaul. You can no longer claim to be ‘a good Muslim’ not when there are so many of you who are bad. What a religion! And don’t comewith that excuse that Christianity was also violent in past ages, this is 2016! Get with the program, you cannot be living in the past and even if u want to, don’t drag the rest of the world back with you.

  6. mikolysis

    July 17, 2016 at 11:34 am

    AlahKuBar people, Mad people, Straight from mosque to destroying properties and you call that a religion? Shame on all Muslims everywhere in this country keeping quiet. Religion my foot!

  7. Anonymous

    July 17, 2016 at 11:47 am

    God please take control. We need you now more than ever.

  8. Zandyzay

    July 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Na Abraham abi na Sarah cos all these oooo… if I know my Bible well, we can’t wish these away Bcos God promised to make Ismail a great nation too. They still have that SERVENT mentality always scared of the HEIR. Make person no use temporary solution cos permanent damage for even future generation. It is well #myopiniondoh

  9. paul

    July 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Pls is NIG Muslim difference FROM others like I no b4 if a true Muslim are playing with you and you sustaine wounds he will go for fasting that is restitution.In Dubai UAE they also worship on Friday too and they encouraged other religions to do so on Fridays also.if not looking for trouble how can person tell one when and how to worship after all thay prayed on Sunday too.they said president is fanatics ,Christians wake up islamisation is taking place .GOD HELP CHRISTIANS.

  10. Zeeebby

    July 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    HOW DARE ANYONE DO THIS……SUCH DISRESPECT

  11. mam

    July 17, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I am a muslim and a Gambian bt am ashamed of what is happening in Nigeria. I have christian neighbours and colleages , we celebrate both eid and christmas together. Live in peace and respect each others views and even distribute sugar among our christian neighbours this ramadan. The christians in Nigeria should man up n stop this once and for all.

  12. They are hypocrites

    July 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    There are more churches than schools all over the western region, yet we hardly hear or see news of this nature. It’s pertinent we shed the cloak in our eyes and see what’s glaring. This is more about cultural difference than religious. Perhaps a small or large percentage of the northerners possess violent tendencies.

    I certainly will not manage to attend my Friday prayers and result to a fist fight some hours later not to mention murder, and I know a lot of Muslims who wouldn’t as well…..its common sense.

    But I agree with you…other sane muslims need to wake up and find a possible solution. God help us all, I sure miss the old days and I long for them, when people were sane and kind.

    • Tee

      July 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      See what our youth have now turn to! overzealous (fanaticism) of religion is mental illness and it engenders irrational behavior in people and lawlessness, they think their religion is bigger that the law of the land. This why we must to be careful and inculcate lawful behavior into our youth and public at large. With the current trends of places of ‘worship’ n every nook and cranny in the country there is bound to be friction and couple with competition among the 2 main religions. For instance in my street in Lagos there is a church and a mosque literally opposite each other and on friday ; the church choose to have a program around the same time as the muslim have their jumat prayer; come and see noise in the neighborhood for over 3hours there is no peace even with the Lagos state noise nuisance law they engage in disturbing the peace and if anyone call them to notice they are seen as devil or unbelievers, it can only happen in Nigeria. Lawlessness is the main cause of all this people generally think their religion is bigger than the law and it comes from the leaders of both 2 main religion.
      Hummm i say future is not looking great with this trend.

  13. feranmi

    July 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    How did we get here oh Lord! ? This is getting out of hand?.

  14. Tosin

    July 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Prayer point: whoever has been preaching foolishness to these people should turn around and preach life to them. all this madness.

  15. Psalm 2.

    July 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    When a dog barks, you know its master is behind it.
    “”The hand of Esau, the voice of Jacob.””

    1) Their brother (at the very least he is that; he may be much, much more) is president, that is why they have gotten so unbelievably bold and flagrant and wild in their bloodlust and violence.

    2) In addition to 1, that is with 1 as the background, check out what their imams, alfas, clerics and preachers, and traditional rulers are telling them and teaching them and commanding them in the name of their god in their mosques and palaces. It isn’t rocket science to figure out. And, look at this incidence, they came straight from the mosque. Really, what else do Nigerians need to connect the dots? Video evidence? To which, of course, they’d say it was doctored.

    The poor, hungry, illiterate rabble have always been their leaders’ to command in that culture and in that religion. Whatever you see them doing, their leaders, religious, political and traditional have commanded, urged, blessed, paid, equipped, armed, taught, funded, trained and protected them to do it. Never mind what they say in public; on pages of newspapers, through PR people, on tv, at public forums, to delegations visiting them, to foreign governments, in foreign countries: it is all LIES.

    I know the GOD Who struck, without warning, without any man or any power of hell’s permission, the GOD Who paid no respect at all to all the so-called powers and spells and sorceries and ‘fortifications’ and blood sacrifices and divination of all the countless paid marabouts, imams alfas, medicine men, witchdoctors, all the armed forces, all the heavily-armed SS and secret special terror squads headed by Al Mustapha, all the defenses of Aso Villa and suddenly, swiftly, in a moment, snuffed out the candle of the life of Nigeria’s most feared dictator when he and everyone else, least expected it; I know that that GOD is still completely alive.

    • Naijatalk

      July 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      That is the God that Buhari should fear, hmmmm I laugh. I’ve been saying that Judgment is near, blood speaks, blood cries for judgment. When judgment comes, the head of the hydra is cut off.

  16. Adora

    July 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I am going to say something: it will taste like gall, but the truth is the truth. Every true christian(where true does not refer to folks affiliated with churches cos it’s the sensible thing to do) believes that anyone that hasn’t come to the full knowledge of Christ is lost. Dead. Every Christian’s mandate is to win the lost at any cost. The difference is that the Christian’s tools for this exercise are The Holy Spirit and love.

    Love guides us to know how to share the gospel. Sometimes, a soul is won through consistent, loving acts(even when said fellow is undeserving). Sometimes he is won through prayer. Sometimes he is won through words, and mostly, he’s won through living like Christ.

    True Muslims believe theirs is the only true way. The difference is that their command is simple: proselytise or exterminate. Those with opposing views, sadly are bringing their own refinement or personal distaste for violence into the mix. It’s the bitter truth, but truth is truth. God has not called Christians to just live side by side with their neighbours and pretend they’re going to heaven. He has commanded us to woo them.
    Oh and Christianity is positively pervasive; it is not a religion. It is a LIFE.

    • Just my 1 Cents

      July 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      “Every Christian’s mandate is to win the lost at any cost”

      Can you please quote a scripture verse that supports this message?

      Christ gave us the option to CHOSE, and he will be the chief judge at the end. If you preach and they don’t listen, still love them and treat them like human beings. No need to force doctrines and principles on anybody. This “win the lost at any cost” principle has been used to KILL in the name of God, even if it meant tough love.

  17. Missappleberry

    July 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I think condemning such atrocious acts on BN is not enough! There are thousands of blogs on the net and we all can cry and keep condemning such acts on various blogs but nothing will still be done. I’m sure buhari or whatever body responsible for calling order to this madness hardly go through social media to read our comments and even if they do, it may bother them for a few minutes if they have a conscience and then they move on. Most people will never really feel this pain except it happens to them personally. So let us stop wasting our time on social media venting or posting stuff on Instagram saying pray for Nigeria when in actual sense, we are not praying in our various houses. The God we serve does not joke with the cries of the people he loves when they are oppressed. If he didn’t spare his only son Jesus Christ, there’s nothing he will not give up for Christians! Please let all Christians, both those commenting here and those reading through the comments, actually take time to involve God in this matter each time we pray. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate prayer. A little Prayer goes a long way and can do wonders for us Christians! Really feel so sad and upset about this killings of Christians I hear everyday in Nigeria. Ishmael and his cohorts will never succeed with their evil plans in Nigeria! Never! By the grace of God. Amen

  18. artklub

    July 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    i think its interesting that naijas are here fighting over oyibo and arab peoples religions. well lets put it this way, the guys up north are battle ready and got nothing to lose. i say up north cuz u never hear of south western muslims fighting or killing themselves or christians. christians need to march to aso rock and demand action and protection. christians also need to arm themselves, to defend against attacks. business cannot continue as usual this is a different game, but it all falls under internal terrorism….

    • artklub

      July 18, 2016 at 6:54 am

      changed my mind, you need to scare them off with black magic, voodoo, babalawo stuffs, that is more scarier than islam. mix up your christianity with some amadioha or juju….and be vigilant. christianity is too gentile. cannot scare anybody.

  19. mulikat

    July 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Psalm, what u write as follow:They are the real Muslims. That explains why many Muslims in the sothwest are considered fake by mainstream Muslims in the north. They almost killed my friend during the post-2011 election violence orchestrated by Buhari supporters. Surprised, I asked why he was a target and he said : ‘Guy you know say we wey be Yoruba Muslim, they no dey see us as Muslims’. He is not any kind of Yoruba, he was born and raised in the north. He can’t speak Yoruba, but Hausa is his first language.is not lie, that hwo they see us yoruba muslims, cos we dont kill in name of religion, we marry ourself, even pregant and Alfa will get u marry anytime u are ready, b4 or after child birth all this is none muslims over their in north.that reason majority of gay come from their but cover up by marry a woman have kids, but sleep around with men, Dan dawudo is what and where they came from. let everybody have freedom of what he or she want to worship,since Religions came to Black Africa is beging and end of black race against 1 another ,with our forefather religion nothing like this.

  20. ElessarisElendil

    July 18, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Religion isn’t the problem, its merely the excuse.

    The real problem is the high English illiteracy rate. Note I emphasise English, because most are Arabic literate. However that limits what they can read to the Wahabist literature flowing down from our good friends in Saudi Arabia. To put it lightly it doesn’t do much to encourage peace. Its equivalent for us would be growing up in a place where your only readings are the old testament and Nietchze.

    The second problem is the high unemployment rate, we’ve heard of the dead textile industry, of climate change reducing arable land or wrong fertilizer use rendering land infertile. To us southerners in the bubble of our service economy it all seems abstract but in reality it leaves literally millions of youth idle. Idleness+Violent reading=???

    In an ideal world of course the above shouldn’t be a problem, the Southern cities would be booming creating millions of jobs as the Northerners flow down southwards, they’re trained, we integrate, inter-marry e.t.c. Nigeria however isn’t ideal. The South isn’t booming and so you’re stuck with fault-lines drawn across religious lines. I know its easy to banter about how crap Islam is, gives we Christians a bit of a break of atheist ire but aside from the general view that when they’re done with Islam they’ll come for us next, there is also the actual fact that we have no choice but to examine and solve the real issues.

    Pull up a map, draw a circle round Northern Nigeria, Niger and Chad, therein lie 1 in 4 of all black people present and future. At present 70% of that territory is a raging mess, life, nasty, short…..you know the end. Its people mired in poverty and in the grip of a fundamentalist interpretation of their faith that puts us all at risk. You can continue to see it as us vs them or you can see it for what it actually is a battle for the future of blacks everywhere. If the millions in that circle continue to live as they do now, stuck in the very bottom of the hierarchy of needs, with Asia rising and the whites not declining then we should accept a reality where our 22nd century descendants will continue to tweet BLM. If you’ve ever looked for a worthy cause in your life, look no further than up North, think of it as the Southerner’s cross to bear.

    Likely to be an unpopular reading of things I know, but it has to be said.

    • artklub

      July 18, 2016 at 6:58 am

      no i agree and like what u are saying. however, what can we do? the northerners have all the power and money in nigeria since over 50 years and they use it to suppress their own people. and keep them in the dark. then they turn around and use these zombies against everybody else. well. the northern elites are the ones who need kicking in the butt. who is going to do that? no bi oyibo people who use northern elite as their puppets to further there agenda? oh, so maybe we need to go kick some oyibo butt too. how can we do this? in the pockets of course. delta avengers doesn’t seem like a bad idea at the end again.

  21. Mariann

    July 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Tick Tock! Tick Tock!! Tick Tock!!
    Like a time bomb.. there will soon be an explosion because there is a limit to which the Christians can tolerate.
    Tick Tock

  22. Yilpinna Dapwatda

    July 25, 2016 at 11:56 am

    It always baffled me when people refer to Christians as not friendly. In Nigeria God bear us Christians witness, even the Muslims can testify that Christians are peace loving and accommodating. If the Bible we read is not teaching us good virtues, Nigeria would not be what it is today. Therefore our Muslim brothers should not take our been patient and accommodating as weakness, but exhibiting Christ like attitudes, they should not take us for granted.
    Can you imagine someone will live his tradition and family and get hooked to a religion of his choice that deprived him of freedom to association with his towns men and the social society, will wake up one day demanding that I should abandon the religion of my choice for his own or he kills me. That is total and dossal madness.
    We should not forget that Nigeria is a circular nation, every body have the right to practice whatever religion he wants nobody stop anyone becoming a Muslim, hence they should respect our religion for that is our decision. “Christianity is Life and truth” we will stand by it and soon defend it at all course since we are been pushed to the world.

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