Nigeria ups the anti-Christian ante

Nigeria ups the anti-Christian ante

Nigeria ups the anti-Christian ante

A persecution ministry says a fractured government could be one reason why so many Christians are being targeted and killed in Nigeria.

A report from the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law brings news that 3,462 Christians have been killed by Muslim terrorists in Nigeria in the first half of 2021 after more than 3,500 suffered the same fate in 2020.

Jay Church of International Christian Concern (ICC) tells American Family News Fulani Herdsmen are responsible for the majority of the killings, and Boko Haram is for the rest. He says it is a difficult life for Christians there.

"It's one of oppression and a system that does not support them and their faith," Church laments. "The government of Nigeria tries to peddle this narrative to the rest of the world that they are a helpless government just struggling with limited resources [and] trying to do the best they can against sectarian violence."

He says the problem stems from a sort of state's rights issue.

"We see 12 state governments that have officially endorsed and accepted criminal Sharia law, a law that imposes strict punishment, physical punishment for religious crimes," Church relays. "We see those laws impacting Christian communities."

A recent report, for example, tells of a man and his seven-year-old son, both beheaded by Fulani Herdsmen. So in the ongoing wave of persecution and bloodletting, the ICC spokesman says Christians worldwide need to pray for intervention from Heaven.