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“Our leaders simply are not very sensitive to the poor, even when aid is available.”

There are “serious sympathizers” of the Islamist group “both in and outside Nigeria,” he said, but “up to now our government has not been able to smoke them out … there should be ways to trace financing and other forms of support, but I don’t believe that our government is making this a top priority.”

“Despite lots of money spent by our government and the military, answers are still grossly lacking.”

Amnesty Intertional reported Aug. 4 that the Nigerian military has, in its fight against Boko Haram, committed atrocities such as extrajudicial executions.

Mentioning the April abduction by Boko Haram of nearly 300 teenage schoolgirls – of whom 60 escaped, while the rest remain kidnapped – Archbishop Kaigama said that “contrary to my expectations, nothing much has happened, even in the wake of the abduction of the schoolgirls which made headlines around the world.”

Archbishop Kaigama concluded, saying that Boko Haram’s violence does make him afraid. “Yes, it is normal to be afraid,” he said.

“But given my task, I have given up everything to serve God and his people,” the archbishop said. “I don’t have a biological family, wife and children, any possession I can call my own. If I should lose my life in the process of defending people’s rights to freedom of worship and the unity of humanity, apart from my beloved pastoral collaborators and excellent people of goodwill (from various religious and ethnic backgrounds) I would leave behind, I have no other liabilities.”