The abduction of more than 250 young women by the Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria has prompted “profound concern” from the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. In his letter to Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, Olav, encouraged “swift and peaceful” action to restore these students back to their homes.
The letter from the WCC general secretary was issued on Monday, 5 May. “This tragic situation is devastating not only to the immediate community, but also to all Nigerians praying and working for peace. It touches the World Council of Churches directly, as many who have lost their daughters are members of our church families in Nigeria,” said Olav.
Assuring the WCC’s support to the Nigerian government, Rev Dr Tveit said that the WCC is ready to assist in “mobilising the inter-religious and international communities to seek effective and peaceful means towards safely restoring these students to their homes, loved ones and communities.”