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Protecting Nigerian Christians Near Impossible, Says Nation’s Leader

Protecting Nigerian Christians Near Impossible, Says Nation's Leader

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"There are people within this government branch who sympathize with Boko Haram -- Islamic radicals --You have a situation where the government is divided now.

By Charlie Butts

01/14/2012 Nigeria (OneNewsNow)-Another religious persecution watchdog group is drawing attention to the dangerous situation in Nigeria.

There has been a spike in violence against Christians in Nigeria and a terrorist group called Boko Haram is taking credit. International Christian Concern spokesman Jonathan Racho points out that more than 80 Christians have been martyred in the north in the past few weeks.

“The Christian leaders in Nigeria are expressing their concern that these killings could amount to religious cleansing,” says Racho. “They are calling for help. They are calling for prayers.”

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed concern in a recent statement that it is nearly impossible to protect Christians.

“He said there are people within this government branch who sympathize with Boko Haram -- Islamic radicals -- and he was talking about how the situation is really complicated because of that,” says the ICC spokesman. “You have a situation where the government is divided now.”

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International Christian Concern says the potential danger to Christians is so serious that perhaps Nigeria should seek outside assistance and expertise in order to prevent genocide.

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