Nigerian Reverend Warns of Impending Jihad
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2012 May 18
The president of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), the Rev. Dr. Soja Joseph Bewarang, accused Nigerian leaders of failing to curtail the insurgence of Boko Haram Islamists and warned that they may end up being consumed by the terrorists if nothing is done, the Nigerian Tribune reports. Bewarang said Nigerian leaders were more interested in using their power and money to help themselves instead of protecting citizens, particularly Christians in the north. He said Nigeria was facing a jihad, targeted at eliminating Christians and Christianity, and that the act was becoming bolder by the day because of the government's failure to stop the attacks. Boko Haram has killed almost 500 people this year alone, most of them Christians, in an attempt to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria with sharia as the law of the land; Christian leaders continue to call upon the government for protection.