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Nigeria: United Nations much to blame for the killing of Christians — Moore

A 2020 report has revealed that the United Nations (UN), is as much to blame for the killings of Christians in Nigeria for their failure to take action when informed of the sad situation.

According to the report which was first published by Fox News, A Christian based organization, Christian Solidarity International (CSI), had warned that the conditions for genocide exist in Nigeria, and called on permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to take heed, but they never did.

Rev. Johnnie Moore, in a new book he co-authored, “The Next Jihad: Stop the Christian Genocide in Africa,” revealed that Christian communities have been decimated by terrorists in parts of Nigeria – and most of the persecution happening in the shadows.

“Thousands of churches have been torched, children massacred, pastors beheaded, and homes and fields set ablaze by the tens of thousands, with people being targeted for their Christian faith alone,” he said.

The Christian Solidarity International (CSI), also warned of a possible genocide unfolding in Nigeria. The warning underscored that “the conditions for genocide exist in Nigeria, with Christians, non-violent Muslims, and adherents of tribal religions being particularly vulnerable,” and called on the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to take heed. But the cry fell on deaf ears, and the level of persecution is documented to be getting worse.

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The report says more than 1,200 Nigerian Christians are estimated to have been slaughtered in the first six months of 2020 and in excess of 11,000 murdered over the past five years – with scores still unaccounted for. They are being targeted from two sides.

International Christian Concern (ICC) points out the figures are likely far greater, with upwards of 50-70,000 Christians dead over the past decade.

“In the first half of 2020, there were only six days that did not have a violent incident caused by extremist groups,” ICC’s President Jeff King said. “At least 400 violent attacks took place, meaning that there was an average of two violent events every day throughout those months,” the report added.

Human rights activists Rabbi Abraham Cooper who co-wrote “The Next Jihad” with Moore, said efforts to seek help for Christians facing persecution in the country, has been exhausting and disturbing.

“Essentially, there is little or no price to pay for the kidnapping, extortion, burning of churches, or for mayhem and murder of Christians,” he said. “Even when police or military actually captures the perpetrators, the judiciary won’t hold deal seriously with the criminal/terrorists.”

The report also said stories of slaughter and systematic abuse of Christians rarely seep into news headlines beyond Nigeria’s borders, but events on the ground are chilling.

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It said there were reports that Fulani militiamen had overrun more than 100 Christian villages spanning several counties, and reports of militants kidnapping Christian women and a pastor, dismembering a young Catholic man with machetes, ambushing and wounding Church security guards, and shooting a Christian woman as she slept.

It further states that there were reports of the butchering of Church leaders and brazen assaults of several children as young as 6, along with dozens being fatally stabbed in a sleepy village when more than 100 stormed Christian-run agriculture fields. Yet this is documented to be a mere tiny tip of the iceberg.

“The Next Jihad” sheds a painful light on the accustomed horrors the increasingly defenseless Christian followers face, noting that the radicalized Fulani militants – not to be confounded with the millions of harmonious Fulani – turn to tactics “that are eerily similar to those deployed by Boko Haram, including deadly midnight raids, arsons, kidnappings, rapes, forced conversions, and overt slaughter.”

Harrowing examples detailed in the book range from the Yakubu family and their three children, who were hacked to death by Fulani militants in Kaduna; to the beheading of 11 Nigerian Christians on Christmas Day in 2019; and the public execution of Lawrence Duna and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, which was temporarily available on YouTube.

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For Moore and Cooper, the book was a small endeavor to put a human face on mind-numbing statistics.

“We have tried to give a voice to some,” Moore said. “But thousands of others suffer in silence.”

For many beleaguered Nigerian Christians, the bloodbath has become intolerable. Their lives hang in a strange sense of limbo – the policy of fear being used as such a profound weapon of war that a number now conceal their faith, dress in Islamic garb and meet only for underground worship.

Observers stress that the persecution doesn’t just amount to physical abuse and the leftovers of a disfigured corpse, either.

“Christians have been treated as second-class citizens, in schools, clinics, land allocation, job opportunities, etc., and the list goes on,” lamented David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors, which advocates on behalf of those who are persecuted for their Christian faith.

“We have heard reports that Christians are receiving the leftovers of government aid—while Muslims receive greater relief support, especially in areas governed by Shariah law. Day laborers – which is over half the population – have been sidelined due to the pandemic shutdown as well, so they are now unable to provide basic living essentials for their families.”

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