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Bloodshed fears over persecution of Nigerian Christians

25 July 2016, 07:20

Lagos – The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has warned of reprisals and bloodshed in the wake of allegations Christians were facing state-coordinated persecution in Nigeria.

The warning follows a report by Open Doors and its Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Pearce, alleging persecution of Christians by the Islamist Boko Haram terror group, Muslim Fulani herdsmen and the Muslim religious fanatics allegedly aided by the political elite.

Open Doors, the international anti-Christian persecution watchdog, reported the attack had become rampant in the North and in 2015 alone, there were 4 028 Christian killings and 198 attacks on churches, which nearly doubled those of the previous year.

Also read: PHOTOS: Army ambush Boko Haram, make amazing recovery

Open Doors also stated 1,3 million Christians had fled their homes from religious fanatics.

Between 2009 and 2014, the peak of the insurgency, Open Doors reported, 11
500 Christians were killed and 13 000 churches destroyed as a result of the terrorism.

Intersociety, the civil rights group, has thus bemoaned the alleged violations .

“As we speak, none of the perpetrators has been fished out and put on trial. That is to say that Government is fully aiding and abetting the sundry ethno-religious cleansing and butcheries. It also partakes circumstantially and vicariously, if not directly,” said Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety chairman.

He said the “unwillingness” and “inability” of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to protect Christian populations were “alarming” and “deafening.”

“The Buhari administration, from every indication, is also running an Islamist government.”

Umeagbalasi said Christian leaders must therefore “rise to the occasion”
and ensure the reported persecution and butchering of Christians by their Muslim counterparts were addressed.

“Advocacy steps must also be taken by Christian bodies and leaders to force the administration of Gen Muhammadu Buhari to jettison the administration’s obvious State Jihadism and Islamist policies and return Nigeria back to practicable constitutionalism, rule of law and secularity.”

- CAJ News


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