Leaders of Nigeria’s Evangelical Church have come out and expressed their concern over the systematic killing of Christians in northern Nigeria by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. This concern continues despite President Goodluck Jonathan declaring a state of emergency in three of Nigeria’s northern states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. It is estimated that Boko Haram has murdered over 4,000 people during its fight to take over northern Nigeria, many of the group’s victims were killed because they belonged to the Christian faith.
6/4/2013 Nigeria (Christian Post) – Nigeria’s Evangelical Church said that it is deeply concerned with the killing of the Christians through the systematic attacks which are launched by the extremist group Boko Haram.
It added that such developments are unacceptable in reference to attempts by the Islamic group, which is aiming to Islamize the northern area inhabited by a Muslim majority by attacking Christian residents in the region.
The statement, signed by Father Jeremy Kalu, expressed its support for the decision taken by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to announce emergency rule in the northern states of Boru, Yobi and Adamawa. The President decided to deploy military troops in these states to confront the members of the group.
In the same context, the head of the Christian Association in Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayew Ortasjavor accused armed groups affiliated with Boko Haram of continuing the slaughtering of Christians in the north despite the military operations against them in a number of northern states.