Easter in Nigeria: Boko Haram Will Not Have the Final Word

Easter in Nigeria: Boko Haram Will Not Have the Final Word April 21, 2014

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria spoke of Easter hope in the midst of suffering Sunday.

“We … cannot let Boko Haram have the final word … there is a greater force (than Boko Haram) and we there should not be overcome by a terrible fear and even paranoia that we are unable to even go out to worship,” he said.

Nigerian Christians celebrated the Resurrection in the midst of mourning. Seventy-nine people were recently killed in a bomb blast, and 129 school girls were abducted by the Islamic group to be used as slaves. Forty-four of these girls have managed to escape, a fact that gives hope.

I wrote a post earlier, asking why the government can’t track Boko Haram down and end them. It seems to me that having 44 girls who have escaped and could give information would be a major aid in doing just that.

In the meantime, Archbishop Kaigama says that Nigeria Christians, “… believe that God cannot abandon us and as a Church we continue to pray and preach nonviolence and we continue to inspire confidence in people. We should only succumb and subject ourselves to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life and who is the Resurrection.”

That thought, that we should only subject ourselves to Jesus is the essence of Christian freedom. It the call of every Christian, everywhere. Our only master should be Our Lord, which means that the many things we submit ourselves to in this life are a false calling. In the final analysis, none of us answers to anyone but Him, and, again in the final analysis, each and every one of us actually does answer to Him.

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6 responses to “Easter in Nigeria: Boko Haram Will Not Have the Final Word”

  1. Really hope that something positive can be one to rid the country of that group, but unfortunately I am a bit skeptical.

  2. I am more than skeptical. Muslim extreme violence is a recipe that has been tested through fourteen centuries, and it works. Listen to this account of the fall of the Roman Empire: the Arabian invasion of the Roman and Persian Empires is commonly depicted as a kind of blitzkrieg, stunning its enemies by overwhelming speed. People repeat – without really stopping to think – such things as, “an by 711 they had conquered Spain and Sind”. Yes. Which means that between 634 or so and 711 there was constant fighting. The Muslims had entered North Africa by the 640s, but the capital of Roman Africa, Carthage, only fell in 681. Think about it. This means eighty years of constant warfare, border raiding, groups of bandits establishing themselves in the hinterland of Roman and Persian country and devastating it, reducing it bit by bit to chaos till the cities were isolated and fell. This is the kind of warfare we have to envisage; and that makes the frightful regress described by Loudermilk understandable. It’s not just that the bandits from the desert occupied the civilized lands of North Africa, Egypt and Syria; it is that they reduced them to chaos for long enough that their complex social structures collapsed. When the war ended with total victory, the society reconstructed itself at a much lower level of efficiency.

  3. God helps those who help themselves. This Bishop is preaching surrender and collapse. Non-violence worked with the British, and it worked because the British had already lost their belief in any imperial mission; it would have been laughed at by Nazis and Japanese. If you don’t believe that “the magistrate holds the sword, and should hold the sword, because it is for the destruction of evil-doers”, if you are not willing, as a magistrate, to fight evil to the death, and, as a citizen to follow a legitimate authority to a just war, you have failed to understand Christian and Catholic teaching.