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Nigeria: Boko Haram—Over 500 Catholics killed and 20 churches and priests houses destroyed since 2009

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As the violence perpetrated against Christians in Nigeria, as well as the CAR, one can’t help but ask who and what are the agendas of groups like Boko-Haram, Seleka, the Anti-Balaka, and the Lord’s Resistance Army.  In CAR and Nigeria, these groups seem to have a political origin or push.

The Boko-Haram are a vicious group of rebels that have slaughtered thousands of Christians, and Muslims alike.  Christian villages have been attacked at an alarming rate.  And an ethnic cleansing much like a modern day Holocaust seems to be taking place.  Government leaders seem powerless to stop them.  The Fides Agency is reporting:

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – More than 500 Catholics killed and 20 churches and priests houses destroyed. This is the death toll and damage carried out against the Catholic community in the north-east of Nigeria by the Islamist Boko Haram sect, since 2009. The assertion was made by the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri, Most Rev. Oliver Dashe Doeme.

Mgr. Doeme says that at the root of the actions carried out by Boko Haram, that also kill for religious reasons, there is corruption. “Corruption is the number one problem of the nation – states the Bishop -, the Boko Haram insurgency is a product of corruption. The Federal Government should fight corruption headlong”.

“It is sad to see how few people are sitting on billions of naira” (the local currency) added Bishop Doeme. “The youths that are involved in Boko Haram activities could have distanced themselves from it if they were given opportunities”.

In an interview in 2011 with Fides Agency, Archbishop Doeme had denounced the connivance of some local politicians with Boko Haram: “The involvement of some politicians in the sect is relevant since its founding. At first it was a group created to defend the interests of certain politicians, then it turned into a violent sect, but political connections have always remained” (see Fides 22/11/2011). The fact that Boko Haram also attacks the local Muslim community is an indication that the sect pursues political objectives, and not only religious. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 11/03/2014)

BBC did a piece in January of  2012 titled:  ‘Who are Nigeria’s Boko-Haram?’  This is an excerpt from that piece.

Its followers are said to be influenced by the Koranic phrase which says: “Anyone who is not governed by what Allah has revealed is among the transgressors”.  Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam which makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society.  This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers or receiving a secular education.  Boko Haram regards the Nigerian state as being run by non-believers, even when the country had a Muslim president.  (Read More)

Pray for our Brother’s and Sisters in these area’s.  Pray for those trying to help.  Pray for protection, and guidance. Pray for comfort.

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  • Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram – How Can France Help? (All Africa)

 

Why Has Boko-Haram’s Attacks Continued Unchecked?

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As you know  we have dared to ask many questions that the media won’t ask when researching the violence in Africa and the Middle East.  There have been very disturbing reports coming not only from Syria, Central African Republic, but also Nigeria.  In the most recent attack, Boko Haram entered a village and attacked a boarding school, burning it to the ground with students and others still inside.  It was reported that they separated the girls from the boys.  Telling the girls to run away and get married, just as their brand of sharia law calls for.  Women are not allowed any other life except marriage. The very name Boko Haram means ‘Western Education is Sinful.‘  It was also reported that they separated Christians from Muslims, but these stories of religious separation are not widely reported.

Today in the Christian Science Monitor they asked the question, ‘Where was the Nigerian Army’?  That’s a question that we all want answered.  It was reported that the security forces didn’t arrive for at least 2 hours.  Reports claim they ‘slaughtered some like rams.’  (More)  As the Government struggles for answers, they’re coming under fire.  Where was the army?  In the CAR they are struggling with the same questions.  This article from the Fides agency sheds a little light on what they would like to do with the army in Nigeria.

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – Nigeria is still shocked after the killing of more than 40 students in a dormitory of the government run Buni-Yadi college in the north eastern state of Yobe, during the night of 25 February. The assailants, probably members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, spared the girls but set fire to the dormitory where the boys were sleeping. Those trying to escape were killed in cold blood.
Attempting to give a sign of commitment to the general public, the Nigerian Senate has ordered army chief of staff Major General Kenneth Minimah, to move his office temporarily to Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, one of the three states with Yobe and Adamawa where a state of emergency was imposed in May 2013 to facilitate the task of the armed forces to hunt down Boko Haram.
The Nigerian Senate has also charged Major General Minimah to tighten security measures in schools in areas of Boko Haram violence, which has caused thousands to flee to neighbouring Niger, where the situation is very precarious. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 27/2/2014

It’s hard to understand why the UN has not demanded more forces sent to Nigeria, and the CAR.  In Nigeria, the Boko Haram, a ruthless band of rebels with ties to Al-queda brandishing their own vicious brand of murderous religous law.  And in the CAR the army has been rendered virtually helpless in controlling the violence.  French troops and African Union troops are helping there, but still the weapons smuggling and kidnapping trades run rampant along side fleeing refugees.  There are worries that if they don’t get a handle on things soon, other groups like Boko Haram will enter through their porous borders.  It’s an established fact that the Lord’s Resistance Army has operated in this area.  And a weapons shipment was intercepted recently on the Camaroon border on the way to the Boko Haram in Nigeria.

There are those in Nigeria who are trying to help and are ministering to the victims and their families.  But they are under constant danger.  The public is fearful, and are growing weary from the violence.  Why these groups want to constantly attack defenseless children, we will never understand.  But the attacks continue and grow in frequency.  Pray for the leaders of these regions, pray for peace, pray for calm, and pray for protection, comfort and strength for the weak, innocent and our Brothers and Sisters.

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Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria accused of killing sleeping children(The Guardian)

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Nigeria: Islamic Militants Torch Church, Legislator’s Home And 8 Killed In Attack On Christian Village

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Multiple outlets are reporting that four days after suspected Boko Haram members burnt down a church and the residence of Hon. Peter Biye, a member of the House of Representatives, Sabon Gari Village in Hambagda Jaji ward of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state killed 8 people. Several villagers sustained injuries from gunshot wounds.

Prior to the incident, Hon. Biye had claimed from the start of the endless attacks by Boko Haram, about 200 churches have been completely destroyed, leaving only about eight churches standing in the mainly Christian area.

On January 8, 2014, eight gunmen stormed the Christian community at about 8p.m and opened fire on the residents. They took about 70 domestic animals then set the buildings ablaze.

They burnt grain that was to be given to the poor, 30,000 books, sewing machines, generating pump machines, chalk and pens, among others items at the cost of about 250,000 USD for distribution to schools and people in his district. They were able to flee without being arrested.

Biye had alerted authorities about plans by the terrorists to attack his village, but his plea to deploy its men to the area fell on deaf ears. He is disappointed in the lack of concern by security officals to protect his constituency, one of the worst hit areas by the radical Islamist group.

Hon. Peter Biye, the only Christian House member from Borno State, grieved over the fact that since he was elected by the people, there had been daily attacks targeting Christians in Gwoza, Chibok and Damboa Local Government Areas. Due to risks, he has been unable to visit the communities, including his family members for the last two years.

In this report, he is quote as saying,

“What is happening in my constituency is very unfortunate, people are being killed by terrorists on daily basis, churches are being burnt, and if people like my Honourable self, who is also a member House Committee on Army will alert military authorities that based on intelligent report my village will be under attack by terrorists, and nothing was done to secure the area, then it is unfortunate, because an ordinary citizen of this country, especially those from volatile areas are no longer safe or protected by our security outfit,” he said.

“As I am talking to you now, I have spent over two years without going to see my people because I am no longer safe, all my projects which was aimed at alleviating the economic hardship of my people have been destroyed’ there was a time I sent my contractors to construct a health centre in Gwoza town, when they dug the foundation, a day after, some Boko Haram elements went and buried everything,” he lamented.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201401130959.html

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