Nigeria has been experiencing insecurity since 2009 when the Boko Haram insurgency began with the aim of turning the country into an Islamic state.
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One Nigerian human-rights organization, Intersociety, estimates that Islamist insurgents have killed an estimated 12,000 Christians in Nigeria since June 2015.
‘At Every Time, You Could be a Target’: Despite Danger, Nigerian Priest Ministers to Refugees of Terrorism
Boko Haram, roughly translated, means “Western culture is forbidden,” and Father Fidelis argued that terrorists have succeeding in forcing the closure of schools out of security concerns.
Bishop Kukah admitted that he shares the “pessimism” of those who say Nigeria is collapsing amid rampant violence and government corruption. He added that “as a Christian, I believe in the Resurrection.”
A genocide of Christians may be under way in Africa. This week on Register Radio, we talk with Eric Patterson, vice president of the Religious Freedom Institute, about the violence. And then, Register Senior Editor Joan Frawley Desmond tells us the incredible story of the late Ann Miller, a mother of 10 adult children who became a Carmelite nun.
Vice President Eric Patterson of the Religious Freedom Institute discusses the recent uptick in violence in Nigeria, the two most oppressive factions on the ground, and how the country could face the same fate as Rwanda if international inaction continues.
Father Alphonsus Bello was found dead May 21. He was 33.
Unless the U.S. and other nations keep pressure on the Nigerian government to take real steps to end religious persecution, millions will remain at the mercy of militant groups.
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have repeatedly called on the government to impose strict measures to protect her citizens.
More than 12,000 Christians in Nigeria have been killed in Islamist attacks since June 2015, according to a 2020 report.