Christian Persecution: Nigerian Church Bombings Continue

More Nigerian Church Bombings

by John Campbell
September 25, 2012


A woman cries during a mass funeral for the victims of Christmas day bombing at St Theresa Catholic church, outside Nigeria's capital Abuja 01/02/2012. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters).A woman cries during a mass funeral for the victims of Christmas day bombing at St Theresa Catholic church, outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja 01/02/2012. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters).


On Sunday, September 24, immediately after an early mass, a suicide bomber attacked St. John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bauchi. Five were reported killed with another forty-six injured.  Doctors warn that many of the wounded are in bad condition, and may die. No part of Boko Haram, a radical Islamic movement that targets the Nigerian political economy, has claimed responsibility. It is likely, however, that most Nigerians will impute to it the responsibility. The BBC, among other media, has stated that church bombings have waned while Boko Haram shifted its focus to communications towers. The Nigerian press, on the other hand, has reported attacks nearly every Sunday since at least the beginning of August.

The northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the umbrella group that includes almost all of the Christian churches, appears to be working to dampen down Christian revenge against Muslims.  Its spokesmen characterize the bombings as “a test of faith.” One CAN spokesman said, “Christians should look up to God, because vengeance is of God.  We are not comfortable with the killing of Christians, but we leave everything to God.  He has not failed us, and will not fail us.” (Read more here.)


  • Mr. V.

    Though these are ugly incidents in Nigeria, it’s also a beautiful depiction of real faith. To be able to look to God and leave it all in His hands during such a time is an example of faith we can all learn from over here in America.

    Stories like this are extremely challenging for me. I’m too much like Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane; I’m far too prone to want to grab a sword and take matters into my own hands, when I should be trusting in God and putting all my faith in Him.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Their faith is magnificent. The Nigerian Christians have not been fighting back, which can only happen if you walk with God. We have got to find a way to help them.
      They challenge all of us, on several levels. One of which is what would we do if it was us? Another is what are we going to do since it’s them? A third is, how long will be before it IS us?

      • Arkenaten

        You already have the answer to that, Rebecca – Bush’s (failed?) War on Terror.

        • neenergyobserver

          Not failed really, mostly adrift. It was/is a mighty endeavor, perhaps more than we should have attempted but, when has America ever failed to sympathize and want to help people who wish to be free.

          Like Mr. V, I have a desire to draw the sword, although it is not always the wisest course, and their faith is magnificent, as our troubles deepen here, I hope we show to even half of their example.

          • Rebecca Hamilton


          • Arkenaten

            Okay. One delete. Let’s try again….
            How can it not have failed, unless your definition of success is somewhat obscure?
            You concur that it was “mighty endeavour,” yet are reluctant to ‘draw the sword’.
            Should Bush and America rather have prayed and left it all in the hands of God?
            If not, how do you honestly think such religious terrorism should be combatted?

            • Rebecca Hamilton

              That is, in part, the reason for these Friday posts on Christian persecution: To encourage constructive thinking about what we can do to help.

              • Arkenaten

                Well, what is your answer/take on this dilemma?
                Surely you must have given it some thought; as an individual,and as a politician?

            • neenergyobserver

              I’m not so much reluctant to draw the sword as I am to commit the resources of the American people to battle all over the world, often for the ungrateful, or unwilling. There is a difference between the power of the state and the power of God. Both are, or can be, a powerful force for good but, they are not the same. In America’s case, the use of state power is, or should be, restricted to the benefit of the people. Which does not mean, in most cases that it will not coincide with God’s purpose but it is not a given. And America cannot be everywhere, all the time, we are very powerful but, only God is omnipotent and omniscient.

              • Rebecca Hamilton

                I’ve always held the idea that the only reason to commit American men and women to war is if the war is in the interests of protecting the people of this country or the country itself. By that criteria, most of the wars in the last 60 years have been bad ideas. Going to war in Nigeria would certainly not fit that.

                But there are other things we can do short of war that ultimately would be more effective.

                I’m trying not to give my ideas but let other people speak up. What, rather than war, can we do either as private citizens or through our government?

              • Arkenaten

                “I’m not so much reluctant to draw the sword as I am to commit the resources of the American people to battle all over the world, often for the ungrateful, or unwilling.”

                Really? Would you care to have a stab at how many wars the US has involved itself in since the end of WWII?
                Kennedy (a Catholic) argued against Vietnam, for example. There was a war for greed if ever there was and the ‘American People’ somewhat dispensable based on what happened.
                How would you differentiate between God’s will and that of the US? or that they coincide?

            • Ted Seeber

              I think we should have prayed and cut off *ALL* trade and tourism with the Middle East. Basically, the same tactic we used with Castro in Cuba.

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