Nigeria Christian persecution

Nigeria’s Christians Plead for Help Against Islamist Onslaught

by Andrew E. Harrod
Special to IPT News
July 29, 2013

“We are in the vineyard of Allah,” Abubaker Schekau, the leader of the Nigerian Islamist terrorist organization Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (“People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”) has stated. Nigerian Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) representing a claimed 80 million Nigerian Christians, quoted Schekau during the second of two successive briefings last Thursday at the Rayburn House Office Building and the National Press Club. The chilling accounts of today’s Nigeria facing Islamist terror by Oritsejafor and his associates gave rise to a cry for American help.

The ravages of Shekau’s group, commonly known by its Hausa nickname Boko Haram (BH) or “Western education is forbidden,” was a central concern for Oritsejafor. He described a Nigeria in which “every week I get a text message—a church was burnt or a pastor was murdered or Christians were randomly rounded up on a roadside and summarily executed.” More than 100 Christians died a month on average during 2012, amounting to about 70 percent of all Christians killed around the world that year. Whether by machete-wielding mobs or Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) suicide bombing attacks on churches, “it is open season on Nigeria’s Christians.”

CAN’s secretary for Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, Reverend Faye Musa Pama, was one such victim on May 14. That same day, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency (SOE) in Borno and neighboring Yobe and Adamawa states. Oritsejafor stated that Pama’s “children pleaded for his life; they refused, they killed him.” Oritsejafor also received a call from another pastor in neighboring Yobe describing his imminent murder by a BH mob. “They are coming, they are shooting,” the pastor said. “I couldn’t do anything until they shot him,” Oritsejafor recounted. “That was the end, gone.” The Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist Emmanuel Ogebe, meanwhile, described a Yobe state that has “been so de-Christianized” with “entire villages run out of town.”

Church attendance “is down…drastically” in the Muslim-majority north, Oritsejafor noted. Nigeria’s 175 million people are almost evenly split north-south between Muslims and Christians. Oritsejafor cited one congregation dropping from 500 to 13 members. In some instances, a “pastor can come and sit there alone” in church on Sunday while his family remains home because of safety concerns. Even in Nigeria’s south, weekly church attendance has declined while many churches now feature metal detectors at their entrances.

BH also targets modern, Westernized schools because, as Oritsejafor stated, BH terrorists “see the West as Christian.” Fifty of Borno’s 175 schools now lie in ruins. Fears that BH “will do more” have resulted in parents not sending their children to school. Christian girls face the further danger of abduction into coerced Muslim marriages.

At the National Press Club, James Fadele, president of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), rejected State Department claims that BH resulted from an “economic and poverty crisis” rather than a “Jihadist extremist mandate.” Fadele referenced the World Bank’s Nigeria Economic Report released in May. Relatively calm Jigawa state reported therein a 77.5 percent poverty rate in comparison to an average 59.7 percent poverty rate for Nigeria’s northeast containing the “hotbeds of Boko Haram terrorism.”

Oritsejafor identified BH as a “theological problem,” an “ideological problem,” and a “jihadist issue.” BH started with “mullahs, sheikhs…people who studied the Koran.”

“In the mosques,” meanwhile, “there are things that are being taught that are not right.” According to Boko Haram, “Islam must rule Nigeria” and Shekau had stated that “we will not stop until we create an Islamic state.”

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He appealed to “awaken the conscience to stop this genocide.” Fadele similarly ended the press club briefing by asking the assembled journalists, “what will you do, what will you write.” To Nigeria’s suffering, “you may be the answer.”

Read more: http://www.investigativeproject.org/4105/nigeria-christians-plead-for-help-against

11 comments on “Nigeria Christian persecution

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    Thanx, bullright, for posting this important information. It is amazing to me that while Christians around the globe are terrorized, the media in this country choose to ignore these stories. We know where the MSM in this country stand politically, and we know where they stand religiously. And yes, everyone stands somewhere on these issues.

    We need to remain in prayer for our Brothers and Sisters both here and around the globe.

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  2. Davetherave says:

    Good piece Bull. The famed religion of “peace” strikes again! So roughly 1200 Christians were murdered last year by the Butchers and the US media is silent as a snow flake falling. Shit; we get constant reports on how many resistant fighters (muzzie bros) are killed in Syria and Bastid is the gift that keeps on giving them anything they need to create another radical muzzie country.

    State Dept pours out the “poverty” propaganda excuse once again not wanting to acknowledge the butchers are killing Christians just because they’re Christians. If poverty is the real reason, then why in the hell are the butchers only killing Christians? Yeah I know; stupid question with an obvious answer.

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    • bullright says:

      Dave, yea peace! As someone said, a piece here…a piece there; an arm here a leg there — a piece everywhere, and a whole lot of trouble. Like that poverty excuse?

      There they go again, why do they need to make excuses for people, does that make them feel better? And I believe the fuhrer just had one of those ding dong dinners for them… celebrating whatever it is they have to celebrate.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Bull, LOL…”piece here, there everywhere”! That sums it up perfectly. Oh yeah; the Pharaoh just had a feast at the White Mosque to celebrate the end of Ramada…shit that’s the hotel chain…Ramadan. Of course I’m sure the Pharaoh and First Bitch DID NOT fast with their muzzie bros in arms. Good Lord; can you imagine how much worse Moo-chelle would be without eating for just one day??? They probably served up Allah’s Deep Fried Christian.

        I think they make up excuses Bull, because they haven’t told the truth in so long they’ve forgotten how to tell the truth. Thus; to them making excuses (lying) just comes natural and heh…so nimrod is getting paid big bucks to write all those lies and he needs to maintain job security. Of course I don’t think Axelrod needs to worry bout his job, but practice, practice…

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        • bullright says:

          Dave, LOL oh its a time for “deep reflection”, especially for him, when he has to keep all those lies straight. But yea, excuses are easy if you are as truth-challenged as he is. It is natural.

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  3. bullright says:

    They always tell us that we Americans are at war with Islam, while this barbarism is at war with humanity and against everything. Meanwhile:

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama saluted Muslim Americans on Thursday for their contributions in helping build the nation as business entrepreneurs, technology innovators and pioneers in medicine.

    Obama spoke at a White House dinner he hosted to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The meal, or iftar, breaks the day of fasting when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.

    Obama said Ramadan is “a time of reflection, a chance to demonstrate ones devotion to God through prayer and through fasting, but it’s also a time for family and friends to come together.”

    He said it is a White House tradition to celebrate sacred days of various faiths, adding that these occasions celebrate diversity that defines the country and reaffirms the freedom to worship.

    Obama said Americans and people in the Middle East also have a common goal for economic opportunity and entrepreneurship.

    “We work a little harder, we aim a little higher and we keep striving to create more opportunity for our children and future generations,” Obama said. “Of course this isn’t just the American dream, it’s the aspiration of people around the world. It’s the basic, human desire for progress, to find dignity that comes from work to give our children something better.”

    He said these yearnings for economic freedom and opportunity, just as much as political freedom, “are at the root of so much of the change we’ve seen around the world in the past few years, including in North Africa and in the Middle East.”

    Obama was joined by members of his administration, elected officials, religious leaders and members of the diplomatic corps as he hosted his fifth iftar in the State Dining Room.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/25/obama-salutes-muslim-americans-at-white-house-ramadan-dinner/#ixzz2aX14ibOA

    I hope the meal was good…because the dessert is lousy.

    What does the captain of the caliphate mean by “aim a little higher”?
    Like Syrian rebels murdering the priest? Or does that fall under “work a little harder”? Opportunity…and future generations? Again, I draw a blank.

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    • Davetherave says:

      Bull, if you ever say, “I’m gonna kick der azz iftar igits don’t leave my goat alone”…you may be a redneck. Iftar muzzie loons don’t settle their asses down soon we need to carpet bomb da asses! Sorry; couldn’t resist.

      I am as clueless as you when Asshat spouted out “aim a little higher” and “work a little harder” (that ass wipe hasn’t done a hard days work his entire life). I do think I’ve got “opportunity and future generations” figured though. I believe he’s giving young folk a heads up that as long as they bow to the will of Allah they’ve got a good 50/50 opportunity of not getting their heads cut off.

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  4. pepperhawk says:

    Bull,

    Thanks for bringing attention to one of the places where Christians are being killed by Islamists. It’s going on all over the world and nobody mentions this slaughter. The king never says a thing, but praises them for no reason. I’d like to ask him just what do they achieve other than killing people? What contributions do they add, but Jihad and murders. They’re good at that. That speech by the king was downright disgusting. While he supports these terrorists he doesn’t give a damn about Christians.

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    • bullright says:

      Pepp,

      Its the least we can do is call attention to it. I didn’t hear any media coverage about the event. And to know this goes on daily should rise to the top occasionally. When it is Christians, why do they twittle their thumbs and say it isn’t “news”. Well, too much going on with Kardashians, or American idol, or one Trayvon and the daily hearings.

      After all the things this pretender has to say about everything. And we know Hillary never mentioned it. And now a thousand people escape prison in Libya, nada zero mention. But this has been going on for a long time. Had it been Muslims, he would say something. But Hillary almost purposefully never uttered a word. (that I know of) You can only come to that conclusion, “so what, too bad”. Too busy talking about racists and Trayvon.

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