For years Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency, has plagued minority Christian communities across north Nigeria. In 2014, Boko Haram has murdered more than 1,700 Christians, abducted more than 300 schoolgirls (90% of whom have been identified as professed Christians), set-up toll booths for terrorism, and declared towns under its control for the Islamic caliphate. All of this, and much more, was discussed at a recent hearing regarding international religious freedom held by the House Sub-committee for National Security Thursday.
09/20/2014 Nigeria (CBN) – Religious rights advocates told Congress Thursday there’s a direct link between religious persecution and terrorism.
He pointed out that one State Department ambassador who traveled to numerous countries where persecution is taking place, failed to meet with any Christians representatives during those trips.
That may be one reason Ogebe told lawmakers that the administration has a “see no jihad, hear no jihad, say no jihad” policy when it comes to ISIS in Iraq and the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“There is nothing ISIS has done in Iraq that Boko Haram hasn’t already done in the last three years,” Obege testified.
Meanwhile, Ogebe reported to Congress that Boko Haram has taken over six more cities in Nigeria in recent days.
And he said the group just forced one of the nearly 300 Christian girls it captured to become a suicide bomber. He says they strapped her with explosives a few weeks ago and blew her up in a school.