2014 has been an unprecedented year in terms of violence, destruction, and death perpetrated by U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and radical Islamic insurgency Boko Haram. It’s name translating roughly as “western education is a sin,” Boko Haram has in recent days attacked several northern Nigerian villages, slaughtering dozens of innocents, killed 71 and injured more than 130 in a bus bombing targeting Easter worshipers in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, and abducted 243 girls from a secondary school located in a predominantly Christian community. Pursuing its goal of establishing a seperate Islamic state for the practice of Sharia Law with a vengeance, Boko Haram continues to destablize Nigeria and the region, threatining Christian’s security and ability to frelly worship our Lord and Savior.
04/26/2014 Nigeria (Assist News) – On 25 February 2014 Boko Haram militants slaughtered at least 59 teenage boys boarding at the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria. After rounding up the female students, the militants sent them off with orders to abandon their education and get married [See RLPB 249 Feb Update]. According to Morning Star News, in a subsequent video released on March 23, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatened to kidnap schoolgirls. Escalating violence across Borno had already forced the temporary closure of the state’s 85 secondary schools.
At 11pm on Sunday 13 April, Boko Haram militants invaded the Christian enclave of Chibok in the south of Borno State. After looting and burning shops and homes, the militants attacked the local Government Girls Secondary School where some 300 girls aged between 16 and 18 were sleeping, having come to sit for a physics exam. The attack, which lasted until 4am Monday, culminated in the abduction of around 270 girls, some of whom managed to escape as they were being sped away in open trucks. The Rev Titus Pona, chairman of Borno State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) told Morning Star News most of the kidnapped girls were members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN). Christians in Borno are at a loss to explain how such violence and terrorism can continue with impunity in a state under emergency rule.