Rick Plasterer on the Persecution of Christians in Nigeria Continues to Need Attention and Action

Rick Plasterer on the Persecution of Christians in Nigeria Continues to Need Attention and Action
Rick Plasterer is a staff writer for IRD concerned particularly with domestic religious liberty.

The decades-long persecution of Christians in Nigeria continues unabated, and if anything, appears to be worsening and just as one-sided as ever. It has been recounted in numerous articles posted by IRD in recent years. Perhaps most disturbing, the government of Nigeria, led by President Muhammed Buhari, has centralized control of the nation’s police, and seems to have a policy of allowing Christians to be murdered by militants of the Muslim Fulani ethnic group with impunity.

Killings, which are ongoing, commonly occur in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt,” between the Muslim north and the Christian south of the country. Significantly, an Anglican bishop in one of the affected areas, the Rt. Rev. Jacob Kwashi of Zonkwa Diocese, remarked last month at a mass funeral that:

“We have never seen an evil government in this country like the one of today … The government is fully in support of the bloodshed in Nigeria. We are being killed just because we are not Muslim.”

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Source: Christian Post

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