For over a year there has been no news of Fr. Gabriel Oyaka, a Nigerian Spiritan father (Congregation of the Holy Spirit), who was kidnapped on September 7, 2015 in Kogi State.
Speaking at a
press conference after Mass celebrated in honour of the kidnapped
priest, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, said that there
had been no call or demand for ransom made by his abductors, stressing
that it is up to the authorities to protect the lives and property of
"The government has a responsibility to protect lives and
properties of its citizens and the church cannot do anything except the
government do their job", said the Cardinal.
Referring to several cases of abductions of innocent citizens, among
which there are several priests, the Cardinal noted that "This is a
tragedy that has overtaken our land and the name keeps on recurring that
Fulani herdsmen are behind all these killings, kidnappings and
destructions of lives and property in the Country".
The Fulani herdsmen are accused of having attacked several villages of
farmers as they move in search of new pastures for their flocks. "From
my own observation, we are faced with national emergency and the whole
country should come together to find out ways to end this militancy", he