“We all weep for these victims,” Onaiyekan said.
Around 10,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by this month’s violence.
The release of 30 abducted students also made headlines over the weekend of Jan. 8-9. The students had been held in captivity for seven months.
“There are still many victims of kidnappings, and their parents and relatives have no way of paying what is requested. And the government believes it cannot do anything,” Onaiyekan said.
The 77-year-old archbishop emeritus of Abuja, the country’s capital city, said that it was “unacceptable” that armed bandits were still holding hundreds of children and teachers for ransom.
“The government says it cannot identify precisely where these bandits are and where they take their victims. Some children kidnapped from schools have been missing for more than a year, some girls for seven,” he said.
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