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ICC Note: Christians living in Muslim-domniated areas of Nigeria are suffering not only from terrorist acts of religious cleansing, but also from abuse of official government authority to suppress and subjugate the Christian population. Nigeria’s Muslim-led Borno state government has marked certain areas for demolition, in order to “make room for new building.” But those areas are populated by the Christian minority, and contain schools and churches. Demolition of the centers of Christian culture in Borno state would fragment the community, and make them even more vulnerable to violence.
10/10/2013 Nigeria (Mission News Network) – Government authorities in northern Nigeria’s Borno state plan to demolish 25 churches and schools, ostensibly to make room for new housing. However, no plans for the housing development have been produced, says Voice of the Martyrs Canada. Christian leaders believe this is yet another attempt by local governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority. (Other informative reports can be accessed at the Nigeria Country Report.)
The proposed demolitions would compound the security challenges that these believers are already facing from the militant group, Boko Haram. “We have seen the eviction notice from the Borno state government,” says Dr. Asake, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria. “We are Nigerians, and there are other places where the state government can develop. The areas earmarked for demolition are already developed with churches and schools. Christians have already suffered enough in Borno state.”