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08/24/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) –  According to a local International Christian Concern (ICC) staff member, Christian youth in Jos, Nigeria, recently gathered on a cold and rainy Sunday to watch a documentary titled “Tears so Far.” The film recounts 22 years of persecution which left 3,000 Christians dead in Irigwe Land.

In a pre-recorded message, ICC President Jeff King told the assembly, “The Nigerian government is continually lying to governments around the world about the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.”

Nigerian authorities claim the conflict in Nigeria’s Middle Belt is between herdsmen and farmers, but King reported that patterns of the Nigerian military’s actions during attacks on Christians prove otherwise.

“The Nigerian government is aiding and abetting [the Fulani militants],” he continued.

Within the past year, 107 Christians have been killed by radical Fulani militants. These attacks force Christians, who are predominantly farmers, to flee, becoming internally displaced people without work.

While the Nigerian government has failed to give assistance to persecuted Christians or listen to their plight, ICC is helping provide persecuted farmers with fertilizer and other farming implements.

Despite the persecution, Christians gather to sing songs of praise to God. They encourage each other not to give up or fight with guns but to pray that God will rescue Nigeria and that the government will stop the killing of Christians, especially in farming communities.

Ezekiel Bini, the newly elected National President of Plateau Northern Ethnic Nationalities, called on the state and federal government agencies to ensure that Christians in rural communities are secured and well protected.

Bini also called for Nigeria to be relisted as a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. Department of State, a distinction that it previously held from 2020-2021.

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