Four years after they kidnapping 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram struck again last week, abducting 110 girl students from the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi. Father Donald Zagore, from the Society for African Missions (SMA) said: "Terrorism is a diabolical phenomenon that aims at the destruction of humanity. This atrocious phenomenon shows how man, a creature in the image and likeness of God, has become transformed into the expression of Satan's face."
"It is tragic to see lives destroyed, especially young girls, kidnapped and forced to become sexual objects… How long will these people without faith or law continue to destroy families and break the future of so many girls and boys on the continent? These terrorists keep shouting that they act in the name of Allah. Huge absurdity. Allah does not send anyone to kill on his behalf," he observes.
"Today more than ever, serious reforms are urgently required in the religious world, especially in the Muslim world. To promote freedom of conscience; to free man from the moral and social prisons of a dogmatically rigid and sometimes totalitarian religion; to improve women's conditions for equality and empowerment; to promote a reflection and a critical culture, for the respect of human dignity. Above all it is essential for a real fight against terrorism, the creation of conditions of respect and tolerance rooted in the recognition of religious pluralism and religious minorities."
Fr. Zagore said he hopes there will be greater solidarity among the states of West Africa to combat Boku Haram. Boko Haram has been conducting a bloody insurrection in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, which has led to the death of more than 20,000 people. Two million people have fled the country.
More than a hundred of the girls kidnapped from Chibok are still missing.