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Why Don’t We Care About the Slaughter of Nigerian Christians?

Outrageous! Thousands of Christians are being butchered in Nigeria. Why are we unconcerned?

By Michael Brown

(PHOTO: REUTERS/AFOLABI SOTUNDE)

Thousands of Christians are being butchered in Nigeria and whole villages being destroyed. Why are we so unconcerned? Why don’t we care? I believe the biggest reason is that we simply don’t know about what’s happening there. Well, now you know. Here are the facts.

For the last several months, one of my good friends, a Christian missionary serving the poorest of the poor in Nigeria, has been sending me emails with terrifying news. Fulani tribesmen raping and killing villagers. Children being used as Islamic suicide bombers, resulting in scores of casualties. One horrible report after another.

Yet with each email I received, as I scoured the major news agencies in the West, I found nothing reported. Not a word.

At the same time, Nigerian news sources were ablaze with reports of the latest atrocities.

Today, I saw this shocking headline on Jihad Watch: “Nigeria: Muslims wipe out 15 villages in mass slaughter of Christians, government does nothing.”

The article began with this quote, “Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued. The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”

How could this be? According to Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch, it’s because “Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari clearly has no sympathy for the victims. He shares the world view of the jihadi attackers.”

When I emailed my friend in Nigeria to ask if this was true, she wrote back immediately:

“This article doesn’t state which villages, so I am not sure. It is happening every day. The worst this year was the New Year’s Day massacre, followed by a mass burial of 73 victims. There have been many attacks since then. Villages razed, girls and women raped, men butchered. Cutlasses have been replaced by AK-47’s. The military has, at times, seemed complicit.

“The president only gets upset when there are reprisal killings of Fulani. He himself is a Fulani man and a cattle-rearer. The stated reason is grazing rights. If you object to cows eating your crops, you, your village and maybe surrounding ones will be attacked. It is in every paper, every day. The nation is smoldering. Only Jesus.” (Her closing sentence meant, “Jesus is our nation’s only hope.”)

She also sent me this YouTube link, viewed over 180,000 times at present, in which a Nigerian social commentator who lives in the States blasts the president’s alleged inaction (and, worse still, alleged wrong actions).

The video begins with a clip from a pastor, boldly denouncing wickedness in the government and stating plainly that, “The killing, the killing that is going on in Nigeria shows the irresponsibility of the president called Buhari.”

And the pastor urged every Nigerian to fight back, not with weapons but by getting their voter’s cards, urging the people not to let wicked men in government to decide their fate. Yes, he bellowed, “Enough is enough!”

As a result of his sermon, we are informed that a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Outrageous? Absolutely. But Nigeria is a nation divided, with a Muslim majority in the north and a Christian majority in the south, with terrorist groups like Boko Haram still on the prowl, and with systemic governmental corruption.

And as Christianity continues to spread across the nation at an exponential pace, so also persecution is spreading. As reported by Christian Today in 2016, “Muslims are converting to Christianity in northern Nigeria amid rapidly rising levels of Christian persecution, which has seen more than ten thousand Christians killed in five years, according to a new report released today.

“While much media attention has been focused on Islamic State and the plight of persecuted minorities in the Middle East, 11,500 Christians in northern Nigeria were killed in five years between 2006-2014, and 13,000 churches were destroyed, forcing 1.3 million Christians to flee to safer areas of the country.”

As devastating as these statistics are, they are more likely under-reported than over-reported, which again begs the question: Why don’t we care? Why aren’t we raising our voices? Why aren’t we standing with our fellow-believers in prayer?

Again, I believe it is largely because of our ignorance.

But if you’ve read this article, you can’t claim ignorance any more. And the first thing you can do to help combat these atrocities is share this article with your friends. Let’s get educated, let’s get praying, and let’s get the word out to the rest of the world until the Nigerian government does what is right – or is replaced by leaders who will.

Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

Source: Christian Post

Kenya: engaged couple killed, together with fellow primary school teacher, by suspected Al-Shabaab attackers

By Fredrick Nzwili Kenya

Seth Oluoch Odada and his fiancée, Caroline (Seth Odada, Facebook)

After the coldblooded murder of three Christian teachers – including a couple soon to be married – in north-eastern Kenya by suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen, fear is growing that the Islamist militant group is targeting education, and its proponents, in the predominantly Muslim region.

Seth Oluoch Odada and Kevin Shari were shot dead in a dawn attack at Qarsa Primary school in Wajir County on 16 February, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) said. Odada’s fiancée, Caroline, was also killed, and another teacher left nursing serious bullet wounds.

Amid growing concerns that Al-Shabaab could be launching a new wave of attacks in the region, reports indicate that teachers are now fleeing the area. On Monday (20 February), a number of teachers arrived at the TSC headquarters in Nairobi, demanding transfers to safer areas.

“I have never seen so much fear among the teachers. Many of them want to leave, but I have heard the headteachers are stopping them,” said Fr. Alfred Murithi, a Roman Catholic priest in Wajir town in a telephone interview with World Watch Monitor. “I think the attackers wanted to cause fear and disrupt learning in this region. We have been questioning the overall motive. We think it’s senseless.”

According to the priest, Christian teachers say they face many challenges, such as discrimination by the local communities along religious lines, since they are not Muslims.

The bodies of the murdered couple (Joseph Rasmas Mwendwa, Facebook)

(Joseph Rasmas Mwendwa, Facebook)
The bodies of the murdered couple (Joseph Rasmas Mwendwa, Facebook)
“Those who are in towns say they encounter less challenges, but those in rural areas say they are not welcomed and treated as outsiders by the community,” said Fr. Murithi.

Wajir, like other counties in the region, is predominantly Muslim, but in both public and private schools, the majority of the teachers (roughly estimated at 60 per cent) are Christians.

The region is considered a high security risk due to its proximity to Somalia – the troubled Horn of Africa country is the traditional base of Al-Shabaab, the East African affiliate of Al-Qaeda.

At the same time, the latest incident has rekindled memories of a bus attack in November 2014 in Mandera County, when 22 teachers were shot dead by militants as they travelled home for Christmas. The gunmen separated Christians and shot them dead in cold blood. Around the same time, the militants also killed 36 quarry workers in Mandera.

“Every time we are losing teachers in these areas and this is a major concern. No matter how much we distribute teachers, how do you tell them to go to this insecurity-prone area,” Nancy Macharia, the TSC head, told a Parliamentary Commission on Education yesterday (20 February).

Al-Shabaab has in the past carried out deadly attacks on churches, police stations and government installations in the northeast. Recently, it has targeted communication masts, cutting off mobile phone services in the region.

In 2015, Al-Shabaab gunmen armed with AK47s stormed the Garissa University College, killing 148 people, mainly Christian students, but this latest incident is the first time the militants have targeted a primary school.

“The attack on Qarsa Primary School is an important reminder to us that learning institutions in Kenya, as in other countries across the world, remain a soft target for terrorists,” said Dr. Amina Mohammed, the Education Cabinet Secretary, in a statement in which she also expressed her sympathies to the families.

“The Ministry of Education is alive to this reality and has formulated appropriate measures and guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our learners [and] teachers from terrorism and other threats,” she added.

On Monday, 19 February, the police said they had arrested Abdow Shukri Isack – a local resident – in connection with attack. Earlier, Mohamud Saleh, the North Eastern Regional Coordinator for the police, said he was also seeking the arrest of Maalim Yusuf Abdullah, a Wajir resident described by security services as the mastermind of the attack, and another two suspected accomplices: Daudi Ahmed Mohammed and Abdirashid Ibrahim Osman. He demanded the area chiefs arrested them in the shortest time possible.

Meanwhile, Christians in Lamu, a county in Kenya’s coastal region, have been coming under increased pressure from attackers suspected to be members of Al-Shabaab.

Church sources say the attackers have been forcing residents to flee their homes to seek refuge in schools, churches and government centres in the area. In Witu town, the evangelical African Inland Church (AIC), the Roman Catholic church and a local primary school have acted as shelters.

“They have been killing Christians or non-Muslims who can’t recite their prayers,” Fr. Peter Kariuki, a priest in the Hindi area of Lamu, told World Watch Monitor.

The militants have targeted buses, police stations and villages, and have sometimes collected the villagers into mosques, where they have given lectures about Al-Shabaab’s ideology.

Jaysh Al-Ayman, an Al-Shabaab cell in Kenya, has been blamed for the attacks in Lamu and other parts of the country. It has been using Boni, a densely populated forest in the county, as a cover to terrorise and raid Christian villages.

Source: World Watch Monitor

Billy Graham Dies at Age 99

A spokesman is reporting that evangelist Rev. Billy Graham has died at age 99 at his home in North Carolina.

Graham’s ministry transformed America’s religious life and reached around the world. He eventually became a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history.

Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday morning.

William Franklin Graham was born November 7th,1918, four days before the end of World War I.

Raised on a dairy farm during the Depression, he developed a strong work ethic, a work ethic that is quite evident through six decades of ministry.

Rev. Gaham shared the gospel of Jesus Christ to nearly 215 million people in live audiences in more than 185 countries and territories.

Hundreds of millions more have been reached through radio, television, film, books and the internet.

Billy Graham gave his heart to Jesus Christ at 16. His profound conversion happened under the ministry of traveling evangelist Mordecai Ham.

Answering God’s call to the ministry, he was ordained in 1939 by a church in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Four years later, he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, where he met and married his wife, Ruth.

“All I remember is going back home and kneeling down that night and saying, Lord, if you’d let me spend the rest of my life with that man, I would consider it the greatest privilege,” Ruth Graham once said. “And fortunately, I didn’t know what I was praying. If I’d know what lay ahead, I wouldn’t have had the nerve to pray a prayer like that.”

Billy Graham gained his primary evangelistic experience on radio, and then through Youth for Christ, an organization founded to minister to young people and servicemen during World War II.

Following the war, Graham preached throughout the United States and Europe.

His ministry with Youth for Christ opened doors for a series of interdenominational city-wide campaigns in the late 40s.

Graham’s Los Angeles Crusade in 1949 brought international recognition. Originally scheduled for three weeks, the meetings were extended to more than eight weeks.

“In the city of Los Angeles, the largest tent ever erected for a revival meeting is now complete,” the news media reported at the time.

The tent seated 6,500 people, and several thousands more stood around the sides.

Graham’s team established prayer chains throughout the city to intercede for the crusade.

One prayer warrior, known as Mrs. Edwards, felt a supernatural compulsion to call the legendary newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and tell him about Billy Graham.

From that call, Hearst issued the now famous command, “puff Graham,” which means highly promote this man.

The Los Angeles crusade became front page news. That led to overflow crowds and extended runs for many of the crusades that followed.

Source: CBN

RUSSIA DAGESTAN SHOOTING: FIVE WOMEN KILLED IN ATTACK ON CHURCHGOERS

Doctors examine wounded patients in a hospital in Kizlyar

Five women have been killed in a shooting at a church in Russia’s volatile republic of Dagestan.

Five others, including a police officer and a national guardsman, were injured, Russian officials said. Two are said to be in a critical condition.

A man fired at people leaving an evening service in the city of Kizlyar.

The attacker was shot and killed at the scene. He was later identified as 22-year-old Khalil Khalilov, a resident of Dagestan.

The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack but did not immediately provide any evidence.

The gunman used a hunting rifle, opening fire on worshippers leaving a service during celebrations for Maslenitsa – a traditional pre-Lent festival, Russian media report.

Four women were killed at the scene, and another woman died later in a hospital.

One of them was an award-winning doctor, Lyudmila Shcherbakova, who had more than 40 years’ experience working in Dagestan’s hospitals, Tass news agency reports.

Russian news outlet RBK quoted an Orthodox Christian priest as saying the attack took place immediately following the afternoon service.

“We had finished the mass and were beginning to leave the church. A bearded man ran towards the church shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest) and killed four people,” the priest said.

“He was carrying a rifle and a knife,” he added.

IS later said – through its information wing Amaq – that one of its “soldiers” had carried out the attack.

However, it provided no evidence to back up its claims.

The Dagestan Muftiate – the administrative body for Sunni Muslims in the region – expressed sorrow over the attack and condemned the gunman as a “Wahhabi… one of those who espouse pseudo-Islam, which has no connection to true Islam”.

Wahhabism is an ultra-conservative form of Sunni Islam followed by Saudi Arabia’s ruling family and religious establishment.

IS made the claim in the name of its so-called “Caucasus Province”, the last official branch set up by the group in 2015.

The branch has claimed a number of deadly attacks against security personnel in Dagestan.

Dagestan, located in Russia’s North Caucasus, is an ethnically diverse and largely Muslim federal republic.

The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church called the shooting a “monstrous crime” aimed at sowing discord between Christians and Muslims in Dagestan.

Source: BBC

Armed gangs WIPE OUT 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria

By JOEY MILLAR

ARMED men stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion in Nigeria.

Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.

Houses belonging to believers have also been razed with authorities doing little to help, an anti-persecution watchdog claimed.

Open Doors spoke to one Christian who described the broad daylight attack carried out by a group of Fulani – one of Africa’s largest ethnicities.

A spokeswoman said: “One attack took place in broad daylight, as people were about to go to church.

“The assailants chased and killed the villagers and burned down nine churches and many more houses.”

Churches are regularly attacked in Nigeria in waves of Christian persecution

Christian persecution is a major problem in Nigeria which has been exacerbated by the spread of radical Islamic teaching and practice.

The shocked witness said Christians needed more protection from the country’s leader or lives would continue to be lost.

They said: “Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued.

“The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”

Christians are subject to waves of oppression and attacks in Nigeria

 

In the central state of Nasarawa, 25 villages have been destroyed since January 15.

Again, the predominately Christian victims said they had been abandoned by leaders.

A spokesman for the Concerned Indigenous Tiv People group said: “Since the outbreak of the crisis on January 15 this year, due to the Fulani /herdsmen attack on our villages, leading to the displacement of Tiv in their ancestral homes, the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, has done very little to bring the situation under control.”

Fifteen villages were attacked in the state of Nasarawa. GOOGLE MAPS

Other attacks have taken place in Benue State and across the Middle Belt region of the country. The Army has now been deployed to certain areas in order to stop the violence.

A spokeswoman for Open Doors said: “Believers experience discrimination and exclusion, and violence from militant Islamic groups, resulting in the loss of property, land, livelihood, physical injury or death; this is spreading southwards.

“Corruption has enfeebled the state and made it ill-equipped to protect Christians. Rivalry between ethnic groups and raids by Fulani herdsmen compound the persecution. Converts face rejection from their Muslim families and pressure to recant.”

Source: Sunday Express 18/02/2018