Last weekend, on Pentecost Sunday, at least 50 Christians were shot and killed in the village of Owo, where Muslim terrorists ambushed a Catholic church with bombs and bullets.
Wendy Wright of Christian Freedom International says people in America don't fully understand the danger Christians face in Nigeria, where the government of Muhammadu Buhari allows the bloodshed to happen. Buhari is a retired army general who led a military coup in 1983.
“There are more Christians killed each year in Nigeria every year,” she tells AFN, “than every other country combined.”
Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs tells AFN every newly-elected Nigerian president promises to stop the violence.
“Every Nigerian president so far has failed,” he complains. “And they have elections coming up early next year but it seems to be a clear lack of will by the leadership in Nigeria.”
Stephen Enada, co-founder of the International Committee on Nigeria, tells AFN it is suspected the Nigerian government won’t fight and stop the terrorists because they are Jihadis from Libya, Sudan, Somali and Chad.
After years of murder and bloodshed, he says, Nigeria needs the U.S. to fight the terrorists there.
“That is what I think the U.S. should do,” he says, “but a lot would say that maybe because it is a black nation, that is the reason why the American government doesn't really care.”
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