The Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) posted a video showing the execution of 20 Nigerian Christians. They said the video should be a warning to “Christians around the world.”
The fighters also mentioned revenge for the death of a former IS leader in Syria last year.
But Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says the video serves yet another purpose. “We saw this with the ISIS videos early on: it was a recruiting mechanism. ‘Hey, look how powerful we are. We can kill people with impunity. We can put videos of it on the internet and nobody can stop us.’”
“That was a recruiting tool to say, ‘Good Muslims around the world, come and join us.’”
In recent months, ISWAP attacks against Nigerian Christians have increased. It coincides with a conspiracy theory that Nigerian Christians want to subjugate Muslims.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to protect and strengthen Nigerian believers.
- Pray the Nigerian government would get serious about stopping the violence.