Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. calling for U.S. help in the growing violence and persecution of Christians in his home country of Nigeria. There are some 80 million Christian believers in Nigeria. In northern Nigeria there has been terrible suffering at the hands of militant terrorists in their country.
At first, the focus of attacks was upon the churches–killing Christian believers who professed faith in Jesus Christ and burning their buildings to the ground. Now, the terrorists have turned to the schools and are killing innocent children.
National Press Club, “America has a strong history of civil rights and my hope is that our brothers here can awaken the conscience of humanity to stop this genocide.”
According to estimates from the Associated Press, more than 800 Christians have lost their lives in the unchecked violence and persecution of Christian believers in Nigeria. The Islamic group, Boko Haram, has has taken credit for the violent bloodshed that has been spilled there. Boko Haram is a militant fringe group whose leader, Abubakar Shekau, will continue to promote violence and persecution throughout the region until all of Nigeria comes under Sharia law.
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