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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
The Islamic terror group Boko Haram is waging a campaign of religious cleansing in Nigeria, in an effort to establish Sharia rule in the northern territories. Their increasing strength and operational tempo indicate a repeat of attacks on Churches and Christian communities timed to coincide with the holy day. Nigerian security forces are making preparations to thwart any such terror operations, but have thus far not been effective in repulsing Boko Haram's Islamist campaign.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
The Nigerian military has initiated a sustained offensive against the Islamist Boko Haram, but the militants still managed to mount a serious attack on an air force base and international airport. The Boko Haram are engaged in a campaign of religious cleansing, as they use terror tactics to remove Christians from Nigeria's northern territories.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
This brave brother in Christ survived certain death to share his story of persecution and faith in Christ. Pray for him and all those suffering the evil of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
We reported yesterday that Boko Haram is abducting Christian women, forcing their conversion to Islam, and then forcing them to become wives of the many "commanders" of the terror group. Today, new details have emerged, indicating that this accumulation of wives is part of a regrouping strategy emulating that of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Boko Haram are provisioning, including taking women, and making a slow withdrawal to Nigeria's hill country. It is likely this redeployment is in expectation of increased Western military support that could follow for the belated Foerign Terror Organization designation of Boko Haram from the United States earlier this week. The FTO designation broadens the tactics the United States military, law enforcement, and commercial regulators may use to combat these terrorists.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
A source has reported that the Boko Haram terror group has taken credit for the abduction of a French Catholic priest in Cameroon last week. Boko Haram is engaged in a campaign of religious cleansing in an attempt to establish Sharia rule in Northern Nigeria They were officially designated as a foreign terror organization by the State Department on Wednesday of this week.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Boko Haram, which was finally designated by the US Government as a foreign terrorist organization earlier this week, has been abducting Christian women, forcing their conversion to Islam, and marrying them to Islamist commanders against their will.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Cameroon is experiencing spillover violence from the Islamist insurgency in neighboring Nigeria. Many Boko Haram fighters have taken refuge in the country, and stage from there when raiding into Nigeria.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Christian groups such as Justice for Jos, the Jubilee Project, and International Christian Concern have long urged the Obama administration to designate the Boko Haram and Ansaru Islamist groups as terrorist organizations in response to their brutal campaign of religious cleansing in Nigeria. Today, as the House Foreign Affairs Committee was about to begin a hearing into the abuse, State formally announced the designation.
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
The Fulani are a pastoral Muslim tribe that has long quarreled with its Christian neighbors. However, today a well-armed group of Fulani mercenaries, likely acting at the behest of Boko Haram Islamists, invaded a Christian area and ravaged a town. At least seven were left dead in the assault, and driving thousands from their homes.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Human Rights Groups' investigations reinforce the claims that Boko Haram is advancing in its religious cleansing campaign. Boko Haram is targeting Christians with extreme terror and violence to exterminate or drive them out and establish Sharia rule.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Despite a recent offensive by the Nigerian military, the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency seem to be gaining strength. Boko Haram is engaged in a religious cleansing campaign across central and northern Nigeria. Christians and their churches and schools have been specifically targeted, with hundreds killed and thousands displaced. President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency six months ago in the affected provinces. Yesterday, he appalled to the legislature to extend the declaration for at least another six months.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Central Nigeria is host to a sporadic religious cleansing campaign as Islamists fighters from the North occasionally raid farther south in an effort to terrorize Christian communities. These attacks are often downplayed by local government officials, some of whom may have Islamists sympathies. Despite indications to the contrary (and a lack of cattle), an Islamists incursion in the same area last month was branded as the work of cattle rustlers.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
The Boko Haram Islamist terror group has targeted Christians, "secular" Muslims, and other religious minorities for conversion or extinction in a campaign of terror an religious cleansing across northern Nigeria. The latest reports indicate that the recent effort to counter the militants may have only increased the pace and breadth of Boko Haram's violence.
Monday, October 28th, 2013
The Boko Haram Islamists are waging a campaign of religious cleansing in Northern Nigeria in an effort to establish Sharia rule. Christians and non-Muslims have suffered severe persecution as a result. A recent military offensive held hopes of relief for the besieged civilians in the rebel areas, but this assault appears to have been a major effort by the Islamist to counter the gains of the military and regain the initiative. Yobe state is majority Muslim, but there is a notable Christian minority that has been specifically targeted for attack by Islamist.
Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Recent evidence indicates that Boko Haram's ranks include foreign jihadists, signaling an strengthening of relations between Islamists groups operating on the African continent. Boko Haram is conducting a campaign of terror and persecution against Christians and other Muslim sect in Nigeria in an effort to establish Sharia rule.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
As Boko Haram's terror activities become more widely known, their operations have elicited greater scrutiny from Western security organizations. Nigerian Muslims have maintained cordial relations with Iran for some time. However, recent intelligence indicates that Iran is playing a major role in supporting Islamists activity as part of a broader strategy to destabilize Western diplomacy and to gather intelligence on Western military presence and capabilities. As the United States pursues closer relations with the regime in Tehran, it is important to recall the role they play in orchestrating the ongoing persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Some media outlets are reporting that Christian vigilantes and even the Nigerian government are pursuing violent revenge against Islamist seeking to establish Sharia rule in the country. However, reliable sources indicate quite the opposite: Nigerian Christians call for peace with and prayer for their Muslim persecutors. Please join them in praying for peace, protection, and faithful strength.
Monday, October 14th, 2013
The Boko Haram Islamic terrorists have cleansed another area in Nigeria's north of its Christian population. This ongoing campaign of targeting Christians and other religious minorities with terror attacks is designed to pave the way for establishment by Islamists of a Sharia state in Nigeria.
Saturday, October 12th, 2013
The combination of ready access to weapons flowing from Arab Spring states in North Africa, and the fact that the Sahel zone is outside the reach of most of the region's military and policing capability, have allowed for the formation of a "petri-dish" for the breeding of Islamists. The lawlessness of the Sahel has allowed the groups operating from to zone to conduct operations against Christian and Western targets with near impunity. The effort of the Séléka in CAR is just one example, where the Islamists are attempting to form a Sharia state despite the population being composed mostly of Christians.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Boko Haram is suspected in the machete attack last month that left a 78 year old Italian missionary in a coma. Sadly, Afra Martinelli has succumbed to her wounds, adding yet another tragic death to the mounting toll attributed to religious cleansing in Nigeria.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
This opinion piece from the San Diego U-T is written by a Nigerian living in Southern California. It efficiently relates the history of Boko Haram, and also provides a chilling account of one man's miraculous deliverance from their savage grip.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Christian Post contributor Raymond Ibrahim, author Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians, provides a concise overview of the persecution to which Nigerian Christians have been subjected.
Monday, September 30th, 2013
In an interview with the Daily Trust, Bishop Ransom Bello describes how faith in Jesus gives the the persecuted Christians of Kano the strength to follow Christ's examples in peaceful outreach to their Muslim neighbors. Bishop Bello is the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Monday, September 30th, 2013
Yet another atrocity was committed by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in their campaign of religious cleansing in northern and central Nigeria. This latest attack is just one of several terrorist operations reported since early last week in Nigeria. The death toll form last week may now be in excess of 100 persons killed and many more wounded by Muslim militants seeking to establish an Islamic state under Sharia rule.
Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Northern Nigeria has been wracked by an Islamist insurgency targeting local Christians, security forces and government institutions. Since early last week, more than 77 persons have been brutally murdered by Islamists. Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful," is the largest of the Islamist groups in the area and the most likely culprit. Non-Muslim schools and universities are regarded by Islamists as instruments of Christian or secular influence. They are targeted for destruction, and thear teachers and students for murder, in order to "religiously cleanse" the region prior to the envisioned establishment of an Islamic state by Boko Haram and their ilk.
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Nigerians living in the United States have organized in an effort to draw attention to the unchecked persecution of Christians in Northern Nigeria by the Boko Haram Islamists. They held a gala event in New York City, timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, in order to announce the formation of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013
142 corpses have been discovered in a town located in northeastern Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group fighting to carve out a separate Islamic state in Nigeria, have also focused their brutality on Christians living in northern Nigeria. Church bombings and drive-by shootings are among the group's "go-to" tactics to terrorize Christians. Should this most recent incident of violence lead Christians to fear that a large-scale attack is coming?
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Attacks against Christian in northern and central Nigeria have continued to escalate in both number and brutality over the past weeks. Christian families living in Nigeria's central states have been slaughtered by Muslim extremists supposedly encouraged by the extremist group Boko Haram. Also, Christians living in the northern states have had to continue to live in a constant state of fear due to the potential of being targeted by Boko Haram as the group fights the government to carve out a separate Islamic state where it can impose its radical interpretation of Islamic law.
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
On the roadside near Nigeria's central city of Jos, 5 Christians were forced off of a minibus and executed after declaring their faith to their captors. Witnesses suspect the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to be behind the ambush, but confirmation by the group has yet to be declared. Christians in Nigeria's northern and middle belt states have found themselves under increased attack after Boko Haram began its armed insurgency in 2009. Since then, Boko Haram is thought to be responsible for over 3,000 deaths, many victims being targeted because of their Christian faith.