More Than 900 Christians Killed in Nigeria Last Year
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2013 May 06
More than 900 Christians were slaughtered in Nigeria last year, giving it the distinction of being the nation with the highest Christian death toll, the Washington Times reports. All were victims of the Boko Haram group and other Islamic militants. "They are so radical they don't even spare Muslims," said Mark Lipdo of the Stefanos Foundation. "If Muslims are sympathetic to any cause at all ... if they are sympathetic to the Christians' cause, or the minorities' cause, they are also termed as infidels." Lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe warned that the country may be teetering on the brink of a full-fledged religious war. "Because of the massive Christian [and] Muslim population in Nigeria, there is no country on earth that is as rich and ready for a religious war," he said. "All the elements, all of the ingredients are there." Islamic radicals have already killed more than 120 Nigerians, most of them Christians, this year.