Our family is all in a state of shock, following the bomb in a Nigerian church yesterday. We’ve discovered that it was in fact the church in Jos where we used to go, where Hub was on the team of pastors. The church was built next to the house we lived in for a while, and the bomb went off in what used to be our garden where the children played.
It appears that, just before 8am yesterday, a car rammed into the church and exploded, killing one of the bombers and wounding the other. Three adults and a child were killed in the church.
Boko Haram have claimed responsibility. This militant Muslim group is responsible for bombings and killings all over Nigeria, in a bid to establish an extreme form of Muslim government in the north of the country. Jos is on the line between the Muslim north and the Christian south. They also bombed a church in the capital city of Abuja on Christmas Day last year and killed hundreds.
Their spokesman said there was no reason why they singled out this particular church: they attacked it simply because it was a church, and the attacks would continue.
Sadly, some of the church youths then went on the rampage, briefly, in reprisal and killed some Muslims and torched Muslim shops. Violence begets violence.
The head of the church has called for calm and condemned the retaliation, and as usual the Head of State, Goodluck Jonathan, has done the same.
I feel so sorry for the vast majority of people in Nigeria who only want to live peacefully. When, and how, will it all end?