The Anglican Bishop in the Convocation of Anglicans in north America (CANA) the Rt Rev Julian M. Dobbs, has described the menace of Boko Haram in the north as “butchery on a daily basis” of Christians.
Bishop Dobbs who recently visited Nigeria was reporting on the suffering of Christians as a result of the attacks orchestrated by the Islamist group, Bomo Haram.
In his report, Bishop Dobbs talks of congregations in Bauchi being completely wiped out and described the situation as “butchery on a daily basis.”
Bishop Dobbs spent time in the north of Nigeria where Christian homes and businesses have been destroyed, churches burnt and Christians killed. He met with survivors of these attacks and many of their church leaders. The Church of Nigeria [Anglican Communion] is the largest Anglican province in the world with over 20 million Anglicans.
Dobbs reports that 25 churches in the Anglican Diocese of Jalingo have been destroyed, a recent bomb was detonated in the cathedral, and members of the diocese cannot find employment because they have Christian names.
“In Maiduguri, 100 bombs have exploded, fathers have been killed by their own children if they do not agree with their religious views, and schools have been blown up.”
The Bishop of Maiduguri reported, “We will keep the faith…If we perish, we perish.”
The Convocation of Anglicans in North America currently consists of more than 90 congregations, 200 clergy and additionally 150 military and civilians Chaplains.
CANA was established in 2005 to provide a means by which Anglicans living in the USA who were alienated by the actions and decisions of The Episcopal Church could continue to live out their faith without compromising their core convictions.
Created as a missionary initiative of the Church of Nigeria, about a dozen of the congregations are primarily expatriate Nigerians. CANA is a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America, an emerging Anglican province that includes about 700 congregations.