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ICC Note:

The upcoming Nigerian general elections have Christians in that West African country very fearful. In 2011, the last time Nigerians went to the polls, post-election violence resulted in the destruction of more than 700 churches and 3,000 Christian homes and businesses across the country. In the last four years, 1,000 churches have been destroyed, many by radical Islamic insurgency, Boko Haram, which killed as many as 1,800 Christians last year alone.

01/29/2015 Nigeria (Catholic Online) – From August 2014 to October 2014, Boko Haram and other radical Islamists obliterated 200 Christian churches as they destroyed towns and villages in northeastern Nigeria, according to Ibrahim.

Over the last four years, 1,000 churches have been destroyed.

According to Ibrahim, “Muslim attacks on Christians are not isolated incidents” over geography or some other local complaint but they are “attacks of Christianity itself.”

“A primary target for Muslim violence is a Christian church, which may be firebombed or destroyed while people are congregating inside for worship services,” Ibrahim said. “The sheer volume of the attacks on Christians in Nigeria makes it one of the worst places for them.”

Nigerians are due to vote for a new president in February; among the several cadidates is Christian incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and Muslim challenger Mohammadu Buhari.

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