Area churches pray for missing Nigerian girls

WATERLOO, Ill. (KSDK) – Area churches came together Wednesday night to show their solidarity for the missing Nigerian school girls through prayer.

About 100 people gathered in downtown Waterloo Wednesday night to pray for the crisis on the other side of the world.

For most, there is no connection to the hostage situation in Nigeria. But for Father Osang Idagbo, it's happening in his home country.

He has been in Waterloo for six years at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

"Even though they are form another part of Nigeria, not from our own part of the country, they are Nigerians. They are Africans. They are Christians. They are human beings," he said.

His home state is 12 hours away from where the girls are being held captive.

He says the Islamic extremists took the girls because they were getting an education – something the extremists were against.

"Even if you find exactly where they are, you have to be careful about running in, in case they take people's lives just because they fear an attack," he said.

He says his family back home is fearful that the extremists could strike again.

"It could happen to anybody in any part of the country, that's the fear," he said. "We hope they will be found and rescued as soon as possible."

Father Idagbo says he doesn't personally know any of the victims or their families, but he says it's only a matter of time before the group captures more.


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