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Nigeria: Christians in Kwara State cry out over renewed attempts by Muslims in the area to kill them

Note the Police Public Relations Officer’s statement that he was unaware of this matter. This kind of incident should be the police’s top priority, and the Nigerian government should be taking active steps to end this persecution.

The Order once again urgently implores the United Nations and the governments of all nations that are committed to human rights and religious freedom to make the plight of Nigeria’s Christians a top priority. They are walking the way of the Cross. May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ also bless them with a new flourishing of their communities.

“Muslims Threatening Our Lives In Kwara, Nigerian Christians Allege,” SaharaReporters, July 10, 2019:

Christians living in Wara-Oja community in Kwara State have cried out over renewed attempts by Muslims in the area to kill them.

The Christian community led by Ms Adebimpe John Omolola alleged the Muslims had attacked them before.

In a petition to the Nigeria Police Force, with a copy obtained by SaharaReporters, Ms Omolola said she moved into the community in 2009 and has been living in peace until 2018 when the residents frowned upon her organizing a church service in her house.

She said, “I was the first to acquire some plots of land from the community. I also made my intention known that I was a Christian and would build a church in future while the mogaji and the late Baba Rasaki agreed. Last year, we started a house fellowship with the Christians around. But suddenly, we noticed some of our community members including the mogaji’s son, Wasiu, trying to disrupt the fellowship.”

Other Muslim residents took sides with Wasiu, notably the mogaji.

“He said they held a meeting to change it to an Islamic village and agreed on no church; then I asked him how possible is it for you to make laws after selling lands to Christians then he said it’s the community not him,” she narrated.

Ms Omolola revealed that the Muslims in Wara-Oja had previously attempted to set her house ablaze.

“They made the second attempt on the 6th of October around 11:13 pm. They wetted the whole house with petrol with the intention of putting fire when we raised the alarm. There are continuous threats,” she stated.

She disclosed that the recent threat to her life and other fellow Christians in the community happened on Sunday when they were preparing for a house fellowship…

When contacted, Okasanmi Ajayi, Police Public Relations Officer in the state said he was unaware of the matter.

“I don’t know about this. I am not aware of this case. You can refer them to me so I can find out more about this issue and get back to you,” Mr Ajayi told SaharaReporters.

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