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Xmas: We’ve forgiven Boko Haram –Bishop

… As Gov Yero calls for religious harmony

From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna

In the spirit of love and forgiveness to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, Bishop of Kaduna Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Ndagoso Man’oso said Catholic faithful have forgiven the Islamist sect, Boko Haram for bombing churches and killing of persons in the state.

This is even as the State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in a press statement through his Press Secretary, Kabir Shehu Kaura, called on all Christians and the entire people of Kaduna State to be committed to religious harmony, peaceful co-existence and understanding of one another. In a Christmas message yesterday to the Catholic community in the state, Man’oso said the need to forgive Boko Haram was in line with the forgiveness Jesus Christ exhibited when he was betrayed and crucified by his enemies.

He urged all Christians to show love even to their enemies. He said the act of forgiveness was also necessary since Jesus was born on Christmas day as a peacemaker and joy to the whole world, stressing that it would amount to dishonouring Jesus to celebrate His birthday with rancor, malice and revenge. He reminded Christians that violence, political and social upheaval were witnessed during the time of Christ on earth, saying that whatever evil that was being perpetrated in these modern days by the sect should not be a thing of surprise to anybody, but to restrain the urge to retaliate as Jesus did to His attackers.

Bishop Man’oso expressed gratitude to the state government, corporate organizations and individuals who stood by the Archdiocese during the bombing and killing periods. The cleric also used the opportunity to restate his sympathy to flood victims in the state during the rainy season when some parts of the state were submerged by flood, leading to destruction of human lives, houses, farm lands, crops and roads. He expressed the fear that there might be food scarcity next year as a result of the negative impact of the flood on farmlands and crops. He appealed to farmers; particularly in the remote rural areas that were not affected by flood not to seize the opportunity to hike prices of their farm produce. “As we celebrate Christmas, we remember the killing of our members and bombing of our churches, particularly Saint Rita Catholic Church, Ungwan Yero, Badarawa, Kaduna. We can only pray for the souls of the departed to rest in peace. “We thank the state government, individuals and different organizations for standing behind us during these turbulent times. “There is nothing we can do to our enemies than to forgive them.

This Christmas time, we must show love and forgive one another for peace to reign in our society. “We should remember that over 2,000 years, during Jesus time on earth, He faced similar persecution, humiliation and death in the hands of those that supposed to love Him, but even at that he forgave them. He is born for our sake, and He died for our sake. “So violence, be it religious, political, economic and social has been there long time ago in the history of humanity. “We should not forget that the effect of last flood might cause food scarcity, it is therefore my appeal to farmers that were not affected, especially those in far away rural areas not to use middle-men and women to hike prices of their farm produce.

You should sell them at normal and affordable prices to help one another.” Governor Yero’s statement read in parts, “In this holy season of kindling the fire of hospitality, love and peace in all our hearts, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, extends his warmest felicitation to all the good people of Kaduna State. “Furthermore, he is urging all the people of the state to allow true love for their fellow human beings, for Kaduna State and for Nigeria to prevail over all forms of hatred, bitterness and malice, now and in the coming year.

“His Excellency further notes that Christmas is not only a time for celebration, but a period for sober reflections and stock taking of God’s manifold blessings to us as a people. “The Governor also believes that one of the areas we must reflect on is our relationship with God and our fellow humans. He therefore calls on all Christians and the entire people of Kaduna State to be committed to religious harmony, peaceful living and understanding of one another. “He asks them to shun tribal, ethnic and religious teachings not in consonance with that of Jesus Christ, who came as an embodiment of peace and love.”

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  1. London boy December 26, 2012 at 1:08 am


  2. pastor stephen.a.atikongu December 26, 2012 at 1:17 am

    The only solution to these demonic and satanic people is to bring the mossad to them out once and for all. period. since jonathan is clueless and hepless in this situation. There is no amount of talk or preached can stop this animals, the isreal sytle.

  3. Nowayo December 26, 2012 at 3:29 am

    +Your Grace, not to argue with ur words but to add. Isrealites, jews are what they are, Nigerians are Nigerians. ”every soul that sinneth shall die”. The santity and sacredness of life is at stake here. ”the kingdom of God ever since John de Baptist suffereth violence and the violent taketh it by force”. What more.

  4. Steve December 26, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Am only happy bcos, there is an EYE that sees all that is happening in this World, and everyone must give account of all he/she did on earth.

  5. Osayomon December 26, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Unrepentant boko haram,useless and senseless b/h,Animal b/h,Allah and his servant is died many years ago,resting in paradise of hell fire.killing of innocent people across norths by Allah and her followers-muslims,weather Christians 4give them or not,the blood of these innocents is open there heads up to 4th generation.

  6. Kanayo December 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Forgiveness hv always been the philosophy of xtianity but this pple take xtian to be meek and afraid that is why isreal never show mercy in handling palestianian attack. We shld forgive for this yuletid period as we celebrate the birth of jesus

  7. Ogbu December 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I thought dis mad islamic religion calld b/h wld giv xmas celbrtn a chance? Xtians shd b ready 2 use machine gun or bomb 2 finish ds ppl durin d nxt sallah gatherin!! Frgiv wetin? No way

  8. Eaves dropper December 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Although bokoharam must have been 4given by the christians and Nigerians but God can never 4give them because the have committed sins against the holy spirit.That is the sin that cannot be 4given.In the Bible those who committed the sin against the holy spirit committed it by telling men of God lies and they died instantly,they were not 4given.Boko haram members have killed,bombed,destroyed and slaughtered men of Jehovah God and worshippers of Jehovah God in Churches and other worship centers. Bokoharam must not be 4given,may God rain fire on them and their generations including the religion that support and encourage them.

  9. Anselem Onoja December 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

    May God forgive Nigeria and her leaders. May the Word Incarnate find a place in our individual hearts. He is the Prince of Peace-A King born unto the world to rule and conquer all human hearts!

  10. bukky December 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Pls Bishop it seems u dont understand the grief of people loosing their love ones i a suppose time of peace. Well I said that all of us are not Christ and we cannot be Him no matter how we try. I wonder if the Israelis embark on forgiven mission of their enemies and we still see them on map of the world today. God gives us life and our fellow human beings are taking it away while living his and we are here saying we have forgiven them. Forgiveness my foot! We all Christians should know one thing here that is clear; if Boko Haram succeeds in wiping Christians ut of Northern Nigeria or Nigeria entirely, God’s mercy will continue on mankind and he will continue to work on people wo remain on the surface of the Earth

  11. Greater 2morro December 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Forgive us our sin as we forgive those to sin against us . We must try but i know is not an easy task . Peace unto men of goodwill merry xmas

  12. London boy December 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Their days are number they will soon end up like dust both with people that support them,the will never fine peace in their generation to generation to come their life’s will never be same,their generation will never grow old.AMEN

    • Tunde December 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      London Boy. What are you ntalking about?

  13. John Nwa Okposi December 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Ndigbo Tobenu Chineke! Chineke anyi di otito. Onye oru ebube a batala na etiti anyi. O biala i nye anyi udo, i gbaputa anyi n’aka ndi ojoo nke na akpagbu anyi. Ndigbo ndi oma, ndi Chineke mere mma, Ndi nke Jisos, unu ona enwekwa anwuri na emume ekelesimesi a? Biko ka anyi rie ma nwukwaa, kama ka anyi cheta na oge a bu oge nso wee doo ya nso hapu ikpasu Chineke iwe. Onye o buna aka ya di na ihe ojoo, biko ya chegaria ma nabata Jisos taa. Ndi ochichi, ndi oru bekee, ndi na-azu ahia, umu akwukwo, umu nwoke na umu nwanyi nile bu ndigbo, biko, ka anyi jiri ohere a jikota onwe anyi onu nwee ihunanya na etiti anyi ma dabekwara na Jisos a. Onweghi ihe gbara ya yarii ma oli. Oge a bu oge anyi kwesiri iji gbahara onye obula nke mejoro anyi. Biko ka anyi yoo Chukwu ka okpuyere anyi otu anyi ga-esi gba ngba nke anyi choro igba maka afo puku abuo na iri na ise nke n’abia wee nwee mmeri.
    Chukwu (Nna nke Jisos a amuru anyi) nonyere ma gozikwaa Ndigbo nile n’aha jisos, Amin.

    I g’enweta m na: nkiti asato nkiti ato itolu ano nkiti asato otu itolu abuo

  14. SAMMIE DEE December 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm


  15. Edo December 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    What has happened to the law of Moses; “an eye for an eye”?

  16. locomotion December 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    why would the bishop make this kind of comment, i see this as an act of cowardice. you said you have forgiven boko haram as if they have stopped bombings. ok you are forgiving them in advance for more churches and lives that will be wasted in the near future.
    you only forgive when the person has repented and put a stop to the evil act, not when he is still happy doing it. there will be more bombings and killings, so which are u forgiving now. until your own life is taking, then the forgiveness will be complete.

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