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Genocide on Christians continuing in Nigeria

Christine Douglass-Williams

Prioritized far above Christian persecution is “Islamophobia,” that “loathesome term” which is nothing more than a “thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”

As noted by an expert on the persecution of Christians, John L. Allen: “While mainstream media have insisted that the anti-Christian violence by Muslim herdsmen is not religiously motivated, that is not the experience of people on the ground.” A nun expanded on this stark truth that Westerners don’t want to face because the “Islamophobia” battering ram has dulled their senses to the horror of Christian persecution. Sister Monica Chikwe said:

“It’s tough to tell Nigerian Christians this isn’t a religious conflict since what they see are Fulani fighters clad entirely in black, chanting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and screaming ‘Death to Christians!’”

John Allen also warned that “sooner or later, the international community will be forced to recognize that the fate of Nigeria’s Christian population isn’t just a human rights issue,…but also a major global security concern.”

The global jihad is already an international security concern and an escalating threat, but it is being shielded and protected by Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups which repeat the propaganda lie that jihad violence has nothing to do with Islam, and  pressure critics who point out precisely what John L. Allen and Sister Monica Chikwe are sounding the alarm about.

“Two local Catholic bishops….along with other Christian leaders, have insisted that the violence represents a ‘clear agenda for Islamizing the Nigerian Middle Belt’ by using armed Fulani jihadists.’”

Innocent people are being tortured and murdered in Nigeria and worldwide, while Western leaders succumb to the fear of being called “Islamophobes” and passively ignore large-scale human rights abuses that are being committed in the name of Islam. They also ignore the abuse of democratic principles by Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups, while fear continues to be manipulated against Westerners, in a vicious cycle.

“Report: Genocide of Nigeria’s Christians a ‘Global Security Nightmare,’” by Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, August 4, 2019:

ROME — The ongoing slaughter of Nigerian Christians by Muslim herders and terrorists is a powder keg waiting to explode, according to an essay Sunday by Christian persecution expert John L. Allen.

A recent report asserted that 52 lethal, anti-Christian attacks took place in Nigeria during the first six months of 2019, notes Mr. Allen, the author of the 2013 bestseller The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian-based International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law declared that some 2,400 Christians were killed by the Fulani in 2018 alone. And Nigeria’s Daily Post reported last year that from June 2015 to June 2018, Fulani militants “killed 8,800 Christians and other non-Muslims,” torching “not less than 1,000″ churches and other places of worship during the same period.

While mainstream media have insisted that the anti-Christian violence by Muslim herdsmen is not religiously motivated, that is not the experience of people on the ground, Allen notes.

“It’s tough to tell Nigerian Christians this isn’t a religious conflict since what they see are Fulani fighters clad entirely in black, chanting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and screaming ‘Death to Christians!’, Sister Monica Chikwe of the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy told Allen at a recent Rome conference on anti-Christian persecution.

The media have largely downplayed the religious nature of the Fulani killings, preferring to attribute the violence to “ethnic tensions,” a “battle for land and resources,” or even “climate change.”

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who is himself of the Fulani ethnic group, has encouraged this narrative, minimizing the importance of religion in the conflict.

Two local Catholic bishops, however, along with other Christian leaders, have insisted that the violence represents a “clear agenda for Islamizing the Nigerian Middle Belt” by using armed Fulani jihadists.

One of the bishops, Matthew Ishaya Audu of Lafia, said in 2018 that the ongoing attacks are not random or economically motivated, but purposefully target Christians.

“They want to strike Christians,” Bishop Audu said, “and the government does nothing to stop them, because President Buhari is also of the Fulani ethnic group.”

Allen, who visited Nigeria while researching his book on Christian persecution, concurs.

“Sooner or later, the international community will be forced to recognize that the fate of Nigeria’s Christian population isn’t just a human rights issue,” Allen wrote Sunday, “but also a major global security concern.”

A recent report filed by the Jubilee Campaign, which advocates for religious freedom worldwide, to the International Criminal Court, claims that Fulani massacres of Christians in Nigeria meet the international standard for a “genocide.”

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