Pope Offers Special Prayers over Violence, Killings in Northern Nigeria

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By Henry Iheanacho 

Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has called for special intercessory prayers over the constant violence and killings in northern Nigeria.

His Holiness in a tweet posted on Saturday, August 15, called on the ”Mother of hope” to intercede on behalf of citizens in the northern part of the country. “Let us invoke the intercession of the “Mother of hope” for all the situations in the world that are most in need of hope, in particular for the population of the northern region of Nigeria, victims of violence and terrorist attacks,” he tweeted.

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See his tweet: Let us invoke the intercession of the “Mother of hope” for all the situations in the world that are most in need of hope, in particular for the population of the northern region of Nigeria, victim of violence and terrorist attacks.

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— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 15, 2020 Meanwhile, Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, has blamed the nation’s Security Chiefs for the incessant attacks by bandits in the state. 

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Masari said President Muhammadu Buhari has done everything it takes to ensure the security of lives and property in the region. The governor made the remarks while presenting a N10m economic empowerment cheque to 1,000 women and N7m scholarship support cheque to 701 students in the Rimi LGA. According to Masari, he couldn’t understand why the service chiefs haven’t done more to help the region since they were all northerners.

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He also said the bandits are now camouflaging and living with the people. “We know them and their parents,” he said.

“To identify bandits in rural communities is not a difficult task, because you know his business, his farmland capacity, his livestock. “And if one day he buys a new motorcycle amounting to over N200,000 naira, then you must know that he is selling people’s lives.” 

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