Relatives of victims of a gun attack mourn at a hospital in Nigeria's northern city of Kano April 29.

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Relatives of victims of a gun attack mourn at a hospital in Nigeria's northern city of Kano April 29.

May 14, 2012

The leader of the Catholic Church in Nigeria has criticized his government for allegedly failing to protect Christians in the north of his country from attack by Islamist terrorists.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian bishops' conference, said he could not understand why the government appeared powerless to prevent the killings of Christians.

Speaking April 30, a day after 21 people were killed and 20 others injured in coordinated attacks on Sunday services at a university campus in Kano and a Protestant chapel in Maiduguri, the archbishop said the incidents showed "that government security is not working.

The government is not able to cope with the security situation, and we feel quite apprehensive as a result," Kaigama said.

"Those young people killed at the university represented the hope of our country."

"It defies all logic. They were people trying to build a better country," he added.