In 2014 in Nigeria, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme was praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, in his Cathedral, when he saw a vision of the Lord. The Lord motioned towards him with a sword, which turned into a rosary. Our Lord then said three times: “Boko Haram is gone. Boko Haram is gone. Boko Haram is gone.”
The Boko Haram terrorists have taken the lives of more than 11,000 Nigerians, the bulk from the Bishop’s Maiduguri area, and most of them Christians, since 2011. You may also remember the 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped. The bishop wasn’t sure what to do. Would people think he was mad if he said something? He took some time and decided to get the diocese praying the rosary. He urged the praying of the rosary daily throughout the diocese’s schools, families, and parishes.
The incredible began to happen. Bishop Oliver explained to the Catholic Herald: “They have been pushed to the forests. Boko Haram will soon fizzle out, mostly because of the prayers of the people.” Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, said that Boko Haram had been defeated. As well, some of the 3.6 million displaced persons have started to return to their homes.
Let us turn to the rosary in our own time of need here in Ireland.