By Juliana Agbo, Abuja
The government of Hungary has expressed its readiness to rebuild persecuted churches in the Northeast, as well as provide other humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The deputy state secretary, Ministry of Human Capacities Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, Hungary, Tristan Azbej who spoke at a press conference in Abuja during the weekend, said they are in Nigeria to gather first hand information and see what exact way or ways the government of Hungary will provide succor to Christians in the Northeast devastated by Boko Haram terrorist group.
”In general we are here to visit the conflict and crisis regions in Northeast Nigeria, and know the international development projects to be done to make their lives more meaningful.
“We are are aware of the atrocities committed by Boko Haram terrorist group. We are here to build a direct connection between Nigeria and Hungary and see the way we can assist them,” he said.
In his speech, the Ambassador of Hungary to Nigeria, Prof. Gabor Ternak expressed optimism that the crisis is nearing its end.
He, however, said that he was in Bama himself and saw the wanton destruction there.
“I promised to come back there, today, the government of Hungary is here and everyone will be carried along,” he added.
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Oliver Doeme who was full of gratitude to God, lauded efforts of the Hungarian government.
He averred that the Hungarian government is out to assist the persecuted church globally including Nigeria and most especially the Northeast.
”I was recently invited to Hungary to share our experience with the government and people of Hungary in July, 2017. It was a profound experience, they listened to me and reiterated their support for the church both physically, morally and one of the steps is the scholarship granted to 14 students who are currently studying in Hungary.
”They are also making moves to rebuild churches of all denominations destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorist group and that is why I was invited here. I am thankful, to the government of Hungary,” he said.
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