Monday, June 4, 2012

More Nigerians killed than officials know

Violence Continues in Nigeria as Bishop Akinola Warns President.

Warns Nigerian Anglican Bishop Peter Akinola.
By Abdias Pasoville
JOS, Nigeria, May 29 (Compass Direct News) – In Nigeria’s Plateau state, Christian leaders said more Christians have died at the hands of Muslim extremists than the 35 that the military reported thus far in May.

In three local government areas in Plateau state, armed Fulani herdsmen attacked 15 Christian villages, killing and maiming Christians, destroying homes and leaving more than 1,000 villagers displaced, sources said.

Villagers said the attackers were Muslim Fulani herdsmen likely supplied and instigated by Islamic extremist groups.

Sources told Compass that Muslim gunmen invaded Rinyam village on May 9 at about 12:30 a.m. and shot seven Christians in their homes, though increasingly assailants are using only machetes and knives to avoid notice by soldiers charged with keeping order.

The Nigerian president on Sunday (May 27) took pointed criticism over the violence. At a special worship service in Abuja for Democracy Day with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, the former Anglican primate of the Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinoloa, told those gathered at the National Christian Centre Abuja that the government should not dialogue with Boko Haram.

They want to eliminate ‘infidels,’ which includes you, Mr. President,” Akinola said. “You open yourself to ridicule if you open dialogue to a group that has made the country ungovernable. Don’t treat them with kid gloves. You don’t dialogue with criminals.”

Speaking later, Jonathan said he has directed security agencies to launch a complete war against Boko Haram. 

“We have done a lot and committed resources to advance our security architecture in order to tackle terrorism, and, God willing, we shall overcome,” he said. “My request is for you to stand by me.”

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Criticism From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, the Niger State governor, has criticised the group saying "Islam is known to be a religion of peace and does not condone violence and crime in any form" and Boko Haram doesn't represent Islam.[23]
The Sultan of Sokoto Sa'adu Abubakar, the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims, has called the sect "anti-Islamic" and, as reported by the website, "an embarrassment to Islam."[24]
The Coalition of Muslim Clerics in Nigeria (CMCN) have called on the Boko Haram to disarm and embrace peace.[25]
The Islamic Circle of North America,[26] the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada,[27] The Muslim Council of Britain,[28] the Organization of Islamic Cooperation[29] and the Council on American Islamic Relations[30] have all condemned the group.

In God's World,
I believe we have an obligation to pray for our fellow Christians in the Persecuted Church. I am disheartened at those, indeed, who take no interest in the suffering of all the peoples and nations in the World, in the slaughter and torment of men, women, and children by evil men, the forces of satan. It's so easy to pray. Yet, prayer is the most powerful force in Creation. The darkness of evil hates the Light of God. If we are followers of He who is the Light, then we must pray for the World. Will you?

John 3:19 NKJV: "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

Bill Hunt
World in Christ

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