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ICC Note: Nigerian Christians grow in their concern for a recent uptick in targeting clergy for kidnapping for ransom and murder. On May 3, unknown gunmen sprayed bullets towards Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan’s car while he was traveling through Edo State in the South. He survived unharmed, but this near tragedy represents the fourth high-profile incident of violence targeting church leadership in Nigeria in less than a year.

5/8/16 Edo State, Nigeria (RNS) – The lives of clergy are known to be difficult, but in Nigeria they are often dangerous, too.

Last week, gunmen shot at a car carrying Roman Catholic Cardinal John Onaiyekan in the country’s southern Edo state. The cardinal was returning home after attending the 10th anniversary celebrations for the Uromi Diocese. He was unharmed.

“The government needs to do more to make our public roads safe,” Onaiyekan wrote in an email on Tuesday (May 3).

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