Kidnapped Priest in Nigeria Released After One Month in Captivity

Nigeria is considered one of the most violent countries for Christians.


Nigéria – Abuja (22/12/2022 9:25 PM Gaudium Press) After more than a month of being kidnapped, Father Abraham Kunat, a priest of the Archdiocese of Kaduna (Nigeria), was released from captivity on Monday, December 19.

The kidnapping took place on November 8

According to information released by the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the priest was kidnapped on November 8 in the parish of St. Mulumba, in the Kurmin Sara region, where he had been transferred due to lack of security.

At the time of the crime, the chancellor of the Archdiocese, Father Christian Okewu Emmanuel, urged the faithful to pray that God would take control of the situation, preserve the priest, and that he would return to the community alive.

One of the most violent countries against Christians

Nigeria is already considered one of the most violent countries against Christians. According to data released by the human rights NGO ‘Open Doors‘, in January last year, 4,650 Christians were murdered in the African country. This represented four fifths of the murders of Christians around the world because of their faith.

For the director of the Center for Strategic and Security Studies in Africa, David Otto, the numerous terrorist attacks against the Catholic Church occur frequently because the Church pays the high prices demanded by kidnappers for the release of their victims. On some occasions, terrorists have demanded more than $200,000. (EPC)

Compiled by Florence MacDonald


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