CAN Condemns Gruesome Murder of Catholic Priest in Niger State

By Ifeanyi Ndukwe

The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (Youth Wing), Ambassador Belusochukwu Enwere, has condemned the killing of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr Isaac Achi, last Sunday in Minna, Niger State, by suspected lslamic terrorists.

According to Enwere, the killing of Rev Fr Achi last Sunday about 1am was pure terrorist attack.

‘The killing and burning of the priest, as well as the parish house, is the most wicked and barbaric act by this blood sucking bandits whose aims and objectives are becoming suspicious. But our enemies will not succeed so long as Nigeria remains a secular state.

‘This has to be stopped at all costs. The Christian Community must rise up and come together to put to an end this insult.

Those behind these senseless killings and burning of the parish house must be brought to book. Nigeria is becoming a killing field where Christian clerics and Christians are slaughtered like chickens,’ he said.

Enwere called on the Federal Government, security agencies and state government to help salvage this ugly situation before it got out of control.

He however sent his condolences to the Niger State Christian Community, as well as the Catholic Diocese of Minna.

Rev. Fr Achi was the Parish Priest of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kafin Koro in Niger State and the Dean of Kafin Koro Deanery. He was in the early hours of Sunday, at the Rectory (Fathers’ House) of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kafin Koro, attacked, shot dead and burnt beyond recognition. His assistant, Fr Colins Omeh, sustained severe bullet wounds.