According to a report by Knoxville News Sentinel the Nigerian government blamed the Owo Attack on Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, while avoiding references to politically powerful herdsmen.
“Nigerian officials blamed the St. Francis attack on the Islamic State West Africa Province, which has ties to the terrorist group Boko Haram, while avoiding references to networks of politically powerful Fulani herdsmen,” the report said.
Speaking on the gruesome murder of forty congregants in the attack which took place in the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, a senior fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington DC, Stephen Rasche, explained that Nigerians no longer trust their own government or the leaders of the United States and the European Union.
He said: “These types of murders are taking place weekly, almost daily, in Nigeria — murders of innocent Christians, being gunned down, slaughtered indiscriminately, throughout the north and, increasingly, into the central part of Nigeria and into the south.”
Speaking further on how Nigerian Christians are reacting, he said: “Many of them simply “throw up their hands,” because they no longer trust their own government or the leaders of the United States and the European Union.
“They don’t look at us as being serious about any of these things.
“They are completely disillusioned that the US government is going to have any kind of effective role to play. They’ve just given up that anybody in the West is going to come to their aid.”