Capitol Hill
Policy Day

Tuesday, June 5
Capitol Hill Visitor Center
Washington, DC
9 AM – 1 PM

Focus: Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Nigeria

Hosted by International Christian Concern

ICC's Largest Advocacy Event of the Year

Join us at the U.S. Capitol to hear Senators and Congressmen deliver remarks and participate in panel discussions with experts on human rights issues in Nigeria. Seize the chance to interact with leaders and show your support for important legislative efforts to improve life for the persecuted and oppressed in Nigeria.

Policy Day Location:
Capitol Hill Visitor Center
Room SVC-212-10

Policy Day Distinguished Speakers

Senator Ted Cruz

US Senator from Texas

Joy Bishara of Southeastern University
Joy Bishara

Student, Southeastern University
Joy was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped.

Terwase Orbunde

Chief of Staff to the Governor of the Benue State in Nigeria

Dr. Kent Ingle of Southeastern University
Dr. Kent Ingle

President, Southeastern University

Policy Day Distinguished Panel

Nathan Wieneiger of 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
Nathan Wieneiger

Director of Policy and Coalitions, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative

Joshua Meservey of Heritage Foundation
Joshua Meservey

Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation

Chris Meserole of Brookings Institution
Chris Meserole

Fellow, Brookings Institution

Stephen Enada of International Committee On Nigeria (ICON)
Stephen S. Enada

Executive President & Co-Founder International Committee on Nigeria (ICON)

Escalating Violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt

International Christian Concern began publishing monthly reports in January of this year to draw attention to escalating violence in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. The reports focus on the actions of Fulani militants and Boko Haram terrorists against Christians. Both groups have engaged in hostile actions against not only Christians, but other ethnic and religious groups in the region. Historically, Boko Haram has dominated the headlines and overshadowed the buildup of violence by extremist sections of the Fulani in the Middle Belt.

Military Efforts Insufficient

The Nigerian military has acted to thwart the operational capabilities of Boko Haram, but the group is by no means defeated as the Nigerian president has claimed. Moreover, ICC believes the persistent attacks by the extremist sections of the Fulani demonstrate either incompetence, neglect or a degree of complicity on the part of the Nigerian military. Villages that have been attacked have in many cases been within sight of military outposts or checkpoints. Yet the military has rarely successfully intervened and stopped an attack.

Call for Action

Both Boko Haram and the Fulani have overwhelmingly targeted Christian communities. The Nigerian government must act to 1) reclaim the land that has been stolen by Fulani militants and issue it back to its original owners; 2) rebuild communities that have been destroyed; 3) protect Nigerian citizens from future attacks, abductions, violence and disorder perpetrated by Boko Haram and the Fulani.