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With recent gains, radical Islamic insurgency Boko Haram now controls more than 20,000 square miles of land in northeast Nigeria, imposing sharia law on hundreds of thousands. As Chairman Royce of the House Foreign Affairs Committee recently satted, “Boko Haram is the ISIS of Africa,” and “”it’s a travesty to not have the United States military fully engaged in supporting the Nigerians to combat Boko Haram.”

02/06/2015 Nigeria (Christian Post) – With Boko Haram recently seizing its own 20,000-square-mile territory in Northern Nigeria, all signs indicate that the extremist group is working toward building a Caliphate, or Islamic government ruled by a Caliph, that could span across Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, a top Christian persecution watchdog leader warned.

While discussing the findings from the 2015 Open Doors USA World Watch List of top 50 nations where Christians are persecuted the most, during an event hosted by the Family Research Council on Thursday, Open Doors USA President, Dr. David Curry, explained the severity of the situation in Nigeria, which ranked 10th on the list, and the legitimate threat that the extremist group Boko Haram poses to Nigeria’s neighboring countries.

Curry said that in Nigeria, over 2,200 people were executed in 2014 because of their faith, which he claims could be a low estimate since there could be many more that the list could not verify.

Curry added that it is even more troubling to notice that Boko Haram is in the midst of a familiar pattern of violent extremism that helped the Islamice State extremists establish their so-called Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

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