AFRICA-MADAGASCARNIGERIA - Oblates safe amidst tension
On January 23, 2010, Fr. Cornelius NGOKA, provincial of Cameroun, sent the following message to Father General about the situation in the Mission of Nigeria.
Thanks for your letter. There has been crisis in Jos since the 17th of this month and it has gradually affected almost all the other parts of the city. Despite the curfew imposed by the government, many people were reportedly killed between Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The Oblates in Jebbu Bassa are safe, although there is also tension there. Our brothers are obliged to remain indoors. One young man from Jebbu Bassa was one of the victims during the violence at the center of the town last Wednesday. The military took control of the security in Jos Tuesday this week. According to Fr George Ihenacho, superior of the mission, the curfew has been relaxed since yesterday to enable people to get something to eat.
I can’t really say what caused this crisis for there are many versions. What is certain is that religious intolerance is growing more and more in some northern parts of Nigeria and peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims has become a serious challenge. The Oblates working in Jebbu Bassa parish will certainly have to deal with some cases of displaced people who fled their homes.
As soon as I get more information from our brothers, I will update you on how they are coping with the situation.