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Nigeria: Boko Haram Has Killed at Least 500 Priests

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Apr 07
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Boko Haram continues to terrorize Nigerians and especially Christians. It is estimated that at least 500 Catholic priests have been killed in the country due to the violent Boko Haram militants.

According to a report from, the 500 priests were all killed in Borno state. In addition, 250 Catholic churches were set on fire by Boko Haram and as many as 80,000 Nigerian Catholics have been made homeless. Many have fled to Cameroon as refugees.

“The battle against Boko Haram should not be limited to the physical realm,” said Rev. Oliver Doeme, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri. “It needs to be fought in the spiritual realm for it is a demonic attack.”

Just this week, Boko Haram militants kidnapped 22 Nigerian girls. In 2014, the militants had captured 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria which turned into an event surrounded by a national outcry. Several of the girls have since been released or have escaped.

The extremists particularly target Christians and schools. The name “Boko Haram” means “Western education is forbidden.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been cracking down on the Boko Haram extremists. Although the militants are losing ground, they still pose a threat to Nigeria’s people.


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Publication date: April 7, 2017