NIGERIA: Bishops collaborate to support Refugees fleeing Boko Haram

ABUJA, MARCH 6, 2015(CISA) – The Episcopal conferences of Nigeria and Cameroon have initiated a partnership through which they will assist thousands of Nigerian refugees who fled to Cameroon to flee from Boko Haram’s continued attacks and violence.

According to Vatican Radio, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), revealed this during a press conference held at the end of the plenary assembly of the Bishops of Nigeria.

Archbishop Kaigama explained that the Nigeria’s federal government has joined the efforts of the Catholic Church in assisting Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.

He also disclosed that the Nigeria’s federal government has donated the promised 50 Million Naira to the Nigerian Bishops’ Conference. The Bishop’s conference also contributed 10 Million Naira; the total amount of 60 Million Naira will be used assist Nigerians scattered in the refugee camps.

On May 3, Archbishop Kaigama further disclosed that a delegation of CBCN members led by the Bishop Chairman of the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), Bishop Lucius Ugorji .

The Bishop of Maiduguri  Oliver Dashe Doeme, the President of Nigerian Caritas, Fr Evaristus Bassey the CCFN executive Secretary and Fr Chris Anyanwu the national Director of Social Communications as well as two lay representatives have travelled to Cameroon to assess the need of Nigerian refugees.

Archbishop Kaigama was hopeful that also government representatives will join the delegation and reminded the lay faithful to support displaced and refugees Nigerians fleeing the violence of the Boko Haram.

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