Survivors in last Sunday’s bombing of St Rita’s Catholic Church in Kaduna have vowed never to be deterred by the deadly operations of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram from attending church services, even if the bomber strikes 100 times. About eight parishioners were killed and 145 people injured in the attack.
This unshaken determination, according to the survivors, emanated from the fact that the bombing has strengthened them to serve God better than before. They said that it was an opportunity for them to appreciate God the more. Also speaking, the Archbishop of Kaduna Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Man’oso Ndagoso, said Christians would not leave Nigeria because of Boko Haram. Ndagoso spoke through Reverend Celestine Katung when officials of the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) paid him a condolence visit.
A survivor, Abigail Peter, 30, told Daily Sun: “ I didn’t know how I found myself in the hospital, it was when I regained consciousness that I was made to understand what really happened to me and how I was brought to the hospital.
Now that God has made me to be alive again, I will continue to worship Him, I will not stop going to the church, bomb or no bomb, I will continue to do God’s work. Another survivor, Nicholas, 12, said: “ I thank God that I am alive today. What happened has strengthened my faith in God. I am not better than those that died. I will continue to go to church, I will not be afraid to go to church even if the bomber strikes again and again. I know God will protect us Christians because we are His children. I feel better now.” Ndagoso said, “we can never run away from our country, we have to remain here and pray for our country. So, I sincerely thank officials the Kaduna State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for coming to feel the pains with us because it had happened.
There is nothing we can do than to give thanks to God that in spite of what happened, it was not everybody that died, many are still alive, including the priest of the bombed church. “We continue to give God the glory who is always in control, and He will continue to be in control. It is just unfortunate that people are being indoctrinated, and that is a problem. If you are to meet people in both Islam and Christianity, you will know that both religions preach peace. “But people are being indoctrinated, and they are ready to fight the battle, and we have already lost because the fighter is ready to die, but we are not ready to die.
We have already lost the battle because we are not ready to die, nobody is ready to die, but the attacker is ready to die. In such a situation, we have nothing to do but to offer ourselves to God. He is the author of life, and He knows best.”
Meanwhile, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has condemned the bombing, he called for calm and restraint. In a statement issued by the Secretary-General, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, JNI prayed that the perpetrators would never succeed in causing chaos in Kaduna State.
According to the statement, “we implore the security agents to be more vigilant and intensify measures of curbing this dastardly act of bombings. As for those affected, we pray for a restoration of what they have lost and also the families of those who lost their lives, may Allah grant them fortitude to bear the loss. “
Jama’atu Nasril Islam calls on all Muslim Ummah to always intensify prayers to Almighty Allah to bring an end to this kind of situation and ensure peace and tranquility in our country and we pray against future occurrence. Amin.”