The Head of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province Archbishop Andrew Nkea, has said the church will not give in to demands by alleged separatist fighters, who burnt the St Mary Catholic church in Nchang, kidnapped religious men, and are asking for a ransom.
The prelate was speaking on BBC’s focus on Africa, where he disclosed that the abductors are only asking for money. “It is very difficult to understand why they would take these people and are asking for ransom.”
“Since they got in contact with us, they are only asking for money. There is no other accusation that they are levying against the church or these people. That is all they’re asking for. They’re claiming that the church has not been supporting the struggle for independence by the separatist fighters and so they want money.”
Archbishop Nkea further revealed that “they’re demanding 100 thousand US Dollars, and they’ve been arguing and coming down until somewhere now around 50 thousand US Dollars. But we don’t just have one dollar to pay for this kind of thing” he stated, indicating that “the church cannot start what they will not continue”.
The five priests, a Reverend Sister, and lay Christians kidnapped on September 16, when the St Mary Church was attacked, are still being held in captivity.