Call for Action After Deadly Attacks on Nigerian Christians
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2011 Nov 11
Authorities in Nigeria have been accused of failing to protect the people following deadly violence last weekend in which at least 100 were killed in attacks by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, according to Christian Today. At least nine churches were attacked in Damaturu, and more were burned in Maiduguri and Patiskum, all in northern Nigeria. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said the government had "let the people down" by failing to prevent the attacks and protect people, and appealed for local officials to step up security. According to Human Rights Watch, last weekend's attacks saw the highest number of deaths in a single day since Boko Haram began its campaign of violence in Nigeria in July 2009. Andy Dipper of Release International said he fears Christians will continue to be "prime targets" of Boko Haram as it seems to impose strict Islamic sharia law in the country. "Islamists have once again wreaked havoc in Nigeria, leaving a trail of devastation and destroyed lives," said Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo of Barnabus Fund. "We must pray earnestly for peace in that troubled land and be ready to help meet the practical needs of Christians who have been affected by the violence."