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Nigeria: Christians panic as Boko Haram increases attacks

Persecution of Christians in Nigeria: attacks on Christians are becoming ever more frequent, still with no effective response from the Nigerian government. The situation of Christians in Nigeria remains a human rights catastrophe of immense proportions, and yet it has not registered in any significant way with the international organizations that are supposedly dedicated to protecting human rights.

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 the Orthodox Christians and all Christians of Nigeria with a new flourishing of their communities.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria at, see here.

“Borno Christians panic as Boko Haram increases attacks,” Punch, December 31, 2019:

Fear has gripped Christian communities in Borno State as Boko Haram insurgents have continued to attack areas dominated by Christians in the state.

For the past two weeks, attacks have been continually launched by the terrorist group on communities in the Askira-Uba Local Government Area of the state, which has a large Christian population.

Some of the communities attacked were Chul, Rumingo, Lassa, Musa, Kura and Gwandam, all in the Askira-Uba Local Government Area.

The attacks made the Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara, to celebrate Christmas in the communities and condole with the victims.

Just as many started believing the attacks had ended, suspected Boko Haram members attacked Mandaragirau village in the Biu Local Government Area on Sunday night.

During the attack, a community church and a school were razed, and a man was abducted.

The people of the area lamented that no one came to their aid as the insurgents took their time to inflict harm on the community.

A source, who spoke to our correspondent in Maiduguri, said, “They burnt down a church, a school and some shops in our village.

“They also took away one man whom they caught while they were negotiating passage from the village.”

He said the fleeing villagers spent the night in the cold till this (Monday) morning.

“They have all returned to their homes this morning,” he said.

Also attacked during the Christmas break in the Biu Local Government Area were Yamarkumi, Mainahari, Miringa, and Buratai villages….

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