For several years, suffering has been a way of life for Christians in Nigeria. In 2010, the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary examination into this troubling situation which was formerly caused by the violence of Boko Haram militants.
Thousands of lives have been lost throughout the years that have followed, along with the destruction of numerous homes and churches, and the abduction of hundreds of innocent victims.
As horrific as the crimes perpetrated by Boko Haram have been, this terrorist group has been eclipsed in recent years by Fulani militia groups. While the exact death toll is unknown, Christian leaders claim that over 6,000 believers have been maimed or killed — many of them vulnerable children, women and the aged.
On 15 June, the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief released a report titled, Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide? The document outlines the fact that thousands of innocent lives have been lost and multiple homes destroyed, concerns that have prompted the organisation to call on the involvement of the international community. This call includes providing humanitarian assistance for those who are suffering, a response from the international community, and proactive action taken by the Nigerian government.
British representatives have also taken their concerns to the ICC earlier this year, asking for further investigation.
The response of the Nigerian government to allegations referencing its passivity over the horrendous atrocities committed by the country’s militants has been dismissive. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson refers to a “misleading campaign” with “false allegations of persecution of Christians.” Such an apathetic response leads to another concern, questioning potential bias on the part of the president, the son of a Fulani chief.
Sources: Forbes, Christian Post
- Intercede for Nigeria’s Christians who are facing these ongoing campaigns of violence from various opposing sources.
- Pray that the government will act responsibly on behalf of these innocent victims by making efforts to halt the violence, protect communities and bring the perpetrators to justice.
- Pray that action from the international community will foster positive change for the sake of the Nigerian people.
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