Nigeria: ‘darkness has thrived, but it has never won’ - a spiritual reflection on the events
by Tobore Ovuorie
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Dec. 26, 2019 released a video of its fighters beheading 10 blindfolded Christian hostages and shooting an eleventh on Christmas Day. The victims’ names have not been released, but an earlier ISWAP video revealed that they’d been taken from the African states of Borno and Yobe. The terror perpetrated by ISWAP and Boko Haram has deeply scared Nigerians, particularly the country’s Christians, who suffered a further shock at the news of the Dec. 26 of the beheading of a bridal party in Gwoza, in the state of Borno.
Aid to the Church in Need spoke about the killings with Father Panachy Longinus Ogbede, the catholic pastor of the Church of the Visitation in Lagos, Nigeria. Father Panachy said:
“We must never accept violence. It is not a part of our culture. Traditional Nigerians are known to have discussions; our forefathers taught us that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves everyone blind and toothless. There will always be better and more productive ways to express our grievances.