Reverend Jerome Ituah of Christ the King Catholic Church in Kurudu, Nigeria, claims the Boko Haram militants have destroyed 50 of 52 Catholic churches in the Maiduguri diocese.
Ituah was in Maiduguri to lead a retreat with Priests and the Bishop of the diocese when he allegedly witnessed the destruction.
Boko Haram has been “systematically” targeting Christians in northern Nigeria since 2009. Many of these have been shot or chopped to death with machetes, and their homes have been burned. Now, apparently, churches are being targeted on a larger scale as well.
Yet amid this persecution, Ituah says the members of the Maiduguri parish remain committed and “are not discouraged of their faith. You will always see them worshiping under rain and sun in open places at the site of their destroyed places of worship.”