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(Voice of the Persecuted) On Monday(July 27) the Boko Haram stormed into the Christian villages of Dille and Mwuthamam
More than 130 people were killed by female suicide bombers across Nigeria and Cameroon. It is believed that Islamic militants, Boko Haram carried out the attacks. The group has used women and young girls as suicide bombers in their latest series of attacks that have rocked the region. Many fear these females may have been those abducted by the militants and forced to strap on bombs in the militant group’s murderous onslaught.
On Sunday(July 26), a female suicide bomber detonated herself at the entrance of a market in Damaturu, Nigeria, killing 15 people and injuring 47, many in critical condition. Witnesses say the 40 year old woman was well known and that she was mentally unstable.
In the fifth suicide attack to blast Cameroon in two weeks, a child bomber blew herself up on Saturday night(July 25) in a bar located in the town of Maroua, killing 20 and injuring at least 79. Only a week ago, Maroua had suffered an attack when two girls blew themselves up at a busy market—13 people were killed and at least 30 injured. The Cameroon army is part of the coalition battling the ravenous group. The town is the army’s headquarters for operations against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Cameroon has taken extensive security measures by banning motorbikes after dark and prohibited the full Islamic veil in Maroua.
During its six-year insurrection, Boko Haram has frequently used women and young girls as suicide bombers. Often the explosives are concealed under traditional religious garments.
On Friday (July 24) the group targeted Maikadiri village. Witnesses said at least 14 people died and 500 cows were slaughtered.
On Monday (July 27) Boko Haram militants choosing not to attract the attention of soldiers with gunfire, slit the throats of sixteen Christian fishermen on the shores of Lake Chad in the Nigerian state of Borno. This form of execution has been common in their 6 year terror campaign to install strict Islamic law in the region, particularly, Nigeria. All of the victims in this incident were Chadian citizens.
Bishop Rosario Pio Ramolo, of the Diocese of Goré, said, “Attacks have multiplied in Chad, causing the more than seventy deaths and two hundred wounded.” “The Chadian President Idriss Deby has declared open war against the Islamists and these acts represent an attempt at revenge. Before now the extremists had not acted in Chad, despite being on the border with Nigeria.”
Authorities also fear that Islamists have infiltrated among Central African refugees or among Chadians repatriated from the Central African Republic. Clothing covering all or part of the face, such as the burqa or hijab, the Islamic veil, has been prohibited.
The mayor of N’Djamena also illegallized begging for security reasons. (source)
On Wednesday (July 29) Authorities in the border region of Diffa, in southeast Niger, banned the full Islamic veil Wednesday, following attacks in the province. They have also imposed a night-time curfew and extended a February ban on motorcycles, which are often used in raids by Boko Haram militants.
On Sunday (Aug. 2) Boko Haram fighters killed 13 people, injured 27 and set homes ablaze in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state. Witnesses claim the militants accused them of conspiring with the military and notifying them of their camp locations. In a air/ground offense, the Nigerian military reported killing “a large number” of militants in repelling an attack on Bitta village near the Sambisa forest reserve.
During the raids, Nigeria’s military says it had rescued 178 people held by the Boko Haram in Borno state. In a statement on Sunday by Army spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau, “101 of the those freed were children, 67 were women and 10 were men.” Last week, over 70 Boko Haram captives had also been rescued by the military.
Please remember to pray daily for those facing this horrific evil. May God fill them with supernatural peace and endurance as they press into Jesus, our eternal Savior.
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Nigeria: On July 10, a Boko Haram militant dressed as a woman was apprehended. He later confessed to being a member of the Islamist terrorist group. And told authorities that he intended to meet 29 other members who were present in Yola.
Monday, the Borno state police commissioner confirmed attacks by Boko Haram near Monguno.
“Boko Haram terrorists had on Friday night attacked Misala and Kalwa, which are two neighboring villages. The two villages are located not more than 17km from Monguno town on the way to Marte.
Through the night, they set houses ablaze. And later 43 persons were found dead either killed by gunshots or slaughtered like animals. They continued their attacks on other villages around the area, and set the homes ablaze. These villages had already been abandoned, so there were no fatalities. A security member said many villages in the Monguno local government areas are being attacked almost daily.
Chad: On July 11, a suicide bomber dressed as a woman (in a full-face veil) attacked a busy market in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad killing 15 people and injuring nearly 100. Military police tried to stop him, but was heard saying, “Allahu Akbar,” God is great in Arabic, before detonating himself.
A month ago, N’Djamena was the scene of a deadly attack that killed nearly 40 people. After that attack, Chad put a ban on women wearing the burqa attempting to prevent suicide attacks. In June, 2 more suicide bombings in N’Djamena killed 11 people.
The Chadian authorities have now stepped up their security measures and warned anyone found wearing the Muslim full-face veil would be arrested. With the latest attack, Chad plans to strictly enforce the ban. Paul Manga, national police spokesman was quoted as saying, “It now must be respected more than ever by the entire population.” And “Anyone who does not obey the law will be automatically arrested and brought to justice.”
Chad has been a major participant in the 4 nation coalition offensive (including Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon) to fight against Boko Haram. The Islamic terror group has publicly threatened the Chadian President with retaliation.
A deadly attack was thwarted when explosives were found at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in the city of Jos on Sunday, July 12. Sources say the bombs were later defused by the Explosives Ordinance Division of the Nigerian Police Force. Jos is an area which has suffered at hands the militants during it’s 6 year long brutal campaign.
A spokesman for the state police in Plateau said, “It was averted because the bomb was detected by the church’s security personnel. There were no casualties.”
Cameroon: The Cameroonian military reported that at least 12 civilians and a Chadian soldier were killed in two suicide attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in the town of Fotokol of northern Cameroon, in the evening on Sunday, July 12. An officer said the attacks were targeting a special forces camp located in the town.
Niger: The militants who intended free its members from the prison in the town of Diffa, were repelled according to the country’s military. Three Boko Haram members were killed, along with one soldier in the gun battle. The prison had been attack early this year in February by the Islamic militants.
Trying to instill fear, Boko Haram recently released a video showing gruesome execution similar to the ones seen in the ISIS videos.
On Monday, Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari fired the security chiefs of the army, navy and air force as the country endures the worst period of violence by Islamist insurgents since he came to power six weeks ago.Replacements have been chosen but have not been announced.
View the Fox News interview with Former Ambassador John Campbell and Emmanuel Ogebe, a international human rights lawyer debate the extremist group’s capabilities.
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Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – A girl thought to be as young as seven-years-old on Sunday killed herself and five others in a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria as President Goodluck Jonathan conceded his government had underrated the capacity of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. (Read More)
Another young girl this time as young as 7 years old. Our hearts go out to the family of this child and the families of the victims. It’s becoming common place for this demoniacal band to use children. As we reported in the past, Boko Haram will kill men, and kidnap the wives and children. Indoctrinating these precious children with a satanic ideology that teaches them to kill. Or worse, they take an innocent child and strap a bomb to them and set them off in the market place. In addition to the five that were killed, 19 were injured.
“Potiskum is the largest city in Yobe state with booming business in the area. It has one of the largest Cattle markets in Africa and the largest in West Africa. Most of the cattle are transported to other parts of the country” It’s seen it’s share of sorrow and attacks from Boko Haram.
- On 3 November 2014, at least 30 people were killed as the result of a suicide bombing at a Shia Muslim religious procession at Faydia Islamic school.
- On 10 November 2014, over 40 students were killed by a suicide bomber during a student assembly at the Government Science Secondary School.”
- On 11 January 2015, four people were killed and over 40 were injured at Kasuwar Jagwal GSM market after an attack by two female suicide bombers, one of whom appeared to be about 15 years old.
- A car bombing on the same day killed 2 and wounded 1 at the Divisional Police Station
Boko Haram has launched a fierce attack on Maiduguri recently and as we reported cut all roads off but one. It has put the approx. 200,000 Christians there on edge and in danger of attack.
Goodluck Jonathon said today that his government underestimated the threat of Boko Haram. Cameroon, Chad and Niger have sent their militaries to Nigeria to combat Boko Haram. France is visiting Nigeria and urging Nigeria to commit to fully combating the savage group. “It is necessary that there be full commitment from Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram,” he told reporters during a press conference in Niger’s capital, Niamey. France is offering intelligence sharing and other assistance to the 3 armies.
The presidential election is still 4 weeks away, and what was said a month ago to be a neck and neck race is turning it seems for Buhari, an ex-military dictator.
It seems as if the media is uplifting him. As we have said before he has a very checkered past. He led Nigeria after a coup, until he himself was ousted. According to a report from NBC Human-rights groups have accused Buhari’s regime of crushing political dissent and installing harsh military values into civilian life.”A lot of journalists and civil society campaigners were arrested and thrown in jail without a trial,” Nigerian author and historian Max Siollun told NBC News. “This was either because they were critical of the government of accused of fomenting dissent among opposition groups.” (More)
He has promised to crush Boko Haram, something that until now has not been done. Millions are throwing their vote to him because of this promise. Nigerians are weary, the slaughter and sorrow they have seen is immeasurable and would break a seasoned war veteran. They have endured so much suffering. Christians especially. Two Million are displaced and hundreds of thousands have been killed.
- Pray for Nigeria, pray for the election to be peaceful.
- Pray for knowledge wisdom and guidance to the people as they elect their leader.
- Pray for protection and for God to intervene.
- Pray for Comfort for the suffering.
- Pray for all the children held captive by Boko Haram to be released
- Pray for the widows and their children
- Pray for the Clergy there for strength and courage in their ministry to the suffering
By C. Refsland/L. Kanalos VOP Advocates
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST! Nigerian pastor describes the persecutions they are facing and calls for the Body of Christ in unity – PRAY FOR US! (VOP)
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Diffa is a city and Urban Commune in the extreme southeast of Niger, near that country’s border with Nigeria. It is the administrative seat of both Diffa Region, and the smaller Diffa Department. Diffa marks the eastern end of the paved section of Route Nationale 1, the main east west highway across Niger, although the section between Zinder and Diffa is only partially paved in places.
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram escalated its attacks in neighboring countries Monday, as a car bomb exploded in one Niger town repeatedly targeted by the militants and residents said other fighters in Cameroon had abducted 20 people aboard a public bus.
Neighboring countries like Chad and Cameroon have joined together and sent forces to battle Boko Haram. Boko Haram recently released a video declaring that they could not be stopped specifically targeting Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The video asked for Muslims to denounce democracy and come to Sharia. There was a protest over the weekend in Cameroon by the people denouncing Boko Haram and supporting their troops to fight them. The governments have said that Boko Haram will be gone in 6 weeks. “They won’t be there. They will be dismantled,” Referencing the postponement of the elections until March. (More)
Those fleeing Boko Haram are desperate and overwhelmed.
There also has been fierce fighting in Maiduguri. According to NBC news in a recent report, 4 of the 5 roads leading into the city have been blocked by Boko Haram. Maiduguri has a population of about 2 million and is known for it’s trade. People are attempting to flee, but many can’t for the lack of money.
Deadly attacks by the militant group Boko Haram have put a stranglehold on one of Nigeria’s key cities, limiting supplies and sending prices skyrocketing amid mounting fears of a massacre. Four of the five roads out of Maiduguri have been blocked off by Boko Haram, which has mounted two large-scale assaults in the past 10 days on the city. The city is the birthplace of the insurgency and a potential jewel in the crown of the militants’ caliphate. (More)
Many residents fear it is only a matter of time before the city is overrun.
It’s very dangerous and difficult to verify reports with those on the ground. Some Facts about Maiduguri:
- Its residents are mostly Muslim including Kanuri,Hausa, Shuwa, Bura, Marghi, and Fulani ethnic groups. There is also a considerable Christian population.
- Muslim supremacists in the region have been mass murdering non-Muslims since the 60’s and 70’s, while members of religious sects led intercomunal violence in 1982 and 2001. But never on this scale and magnitude we are seeing now.
- On 18 February 2006, riots related to the Prophet Muhammad cartoons published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten left at least 15 people dead, and resulted in the destruction of approximately 12 churches.
- Maiduguri was also the scene of major religious violence throughout Northeast Nigeria committed by an Islamist group, Boko Haram, in July 2009, leaving over 700 people dead.
- Since 2009 the numbers have drastically increased. Those killed numbering in the tens of thousands and those displaced by them are over 1 million. The amount of territory they have ravaged and control has recently been described as the size of Belgium.
It’s impossible to know the suffering these people feel as they watch their lives, their homes, their towns overrun by evil approaching in the cover of darkness slaughtering, kidnapping and rape. One refugee camp has been evicted as they will need this camp for security forces coming in to monitor the elections. It has been said that the government gave them 60,000 N ($300.00) to go into town and rent a house. These people have not had adequate food for at least a month and now they are faced with eviction from a safe haven.
- Pray for God’s intervention.
- Pray for strength and courage for God’s people.
- Pray for Christ’s light to be shown to the attackers and for God to change their hearts of hate into hearts filled with love.
- Pray for God to show these precious soul’s fleeing that He is with them, and will guide them to peace.
C. Refsland/VOP Advocate/News Analyst
Like a cancer spreading over North Africa, conflicts with Boko Haram and ISIS in Nigeria, Niger, and Libya have reached a new level. Neighboring countries, Chad and Cameroon have entered into the battle against Boko Haram with fierce fighting taking place in Niger. They have attacked yet again and reports say that 109 Boko Haram have been killed, along with a Chadian soldier and a civilian. Along the border of Nigeria, Diffa and Bosso, urban communes in the extreme southeast of Niger have seen the latest clashes. Both have an influx of refugees from Nigerian’s fleeing the Boko Haram. Niger made headlines with the recent attacks on Christians killing at least 40, burning multiple churches and Bibles after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. Taking out their aggression on the Christian population for an athiestic, secular newspaper running a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammed. It was reported that Boko Haram had instigated those attacks and they promptly released a video threatening Nigeria and Niger, now they are attacking.
Niamey (AFP) – Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists. (Read More)
Recently Chad has sent troops to Nigeria, others are following suit.
Recent reports that the Nigerian army are either corrupt, incapable, or unwilling of stopping Boko Haram, have rocked the world. Even suggesting that both Goodluck Jonathon and Buhari have ties and are pulling the strings of Boko Haram. The implications are staggering considering that Boko Haram is entrenched with other Islamic militant groups like ISIS, Al-queda, Al-shabob, and others. It has been said of the ongoing fighting in Maiduguri that if Boko Haram takes over completely Nigeria will fall to Boko Haram and Sharia law. This is their goal. Others claim Buhari has this same goal. Quoting reports from Vangaurd and All Africa in December, Buhari was throwing his full fledged support into Sharia law for all of Nigeria:
“What remains for Moslems in Nigeria is for them to redouble the necessary education,” stressing that they should educate Moslems on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia in the country. There is nothing to be afraid of. It is a legal responsibility God has given us within the context of one Nigeria to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly… and to educate non-Moslems that they have nothing to fear…”
According to Yahoo news and Reuters, Buhari recently said: “It is a “disgrace” for Nigeria that its neighbors have been more successful in battle against its Boko Haram insurgency than its own army.”
What is a disgrace is that the world let this go on as long as it has. The slaughter and ethnic cleansing of Christians rivals the Darfur genocide. Thousands of Christians have been killed and over 1 million have been displaced.
This morning it was reported that Nigeria will postpone it’s elections for 6 weeks (March 28) to allow the new forces from neighboring countries to quell the violence and restore calm. (More) This has been fought vehemently by Buhari. AP is reporting: “Millions could be disenfranchised if the voting went ahead while the Islamic extremists hold a large swath of the northeast and commit mayhem that has driven 1.5 million people from their homes.” (Read More) And at the same time, a report that the US is urging elections to go ahead as scheduled. Reports also claim Buhari is expecting a landslide victory. When asked if Buhari would call for calm if he lost he said, “I’m not going to lose, so I won’t answer that question.” Can you see the chaos and confusion that surrounds Nigeria? With the West also in the mix, it’s very dire for Nigeria.
In the meantime, ISIS is advancing into Libya so fast that Counter terrorism experts say, “They pretty much own Libya…” So you begin to put together a clear picture of what and who is behind the darkness spreading on this Super Highway of terror and the death and destruction that follows this ideology. Who is pulling the strings, and what is behind it. What it’s not, is a tribal dispute, or anything else. It’s a form of religion mixing with politics and it’s implications are frightening. A new fear that if Sharia law is implemented full force in Nigeria, the outcome for Christians and other minorities will be devastating. All one needs to do is look to other countries that live by Sharia law (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Sudan). Tell persecuted Christians discriminated against in nations ruled by Sharia, they have nothing to fear. It becomes appallingly clear what a dismal future lays in wait for the innocents in Nigeria.
C. Refsland/L. Kanalos VOP Advocates
Why should the West concern itself with the elections in Nigeria, you ask. You think the mudslinging during our campaigns are bad, what is happening in Nigeria is frightening, not only to the people there, but to the world. Or at least it should be. Take a look at what’s surfacing today.
“If Maiduguri falls into the hands of Boko Haram, it would be a disaster for Africa as a continent” And that’s only a portion of the implications for the West and the world.
Snapshots of Chaos in Nigeria and the elections and what it’s about. Who are the parties?
We have been reporting on the increase of attacks in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad ahead of the Feb. elections in Nigeria. We have verified that intense fighting is taking place in Maiduguri and surrounding areas by a force from Chad and the military of Nigeria. Some reports claim that there is a civilian force also combating this evil. Reports are surfacing that offer proof that indeed this an effort to thwart the election. And at the very least throw off the outcome. Nigeria is at a crossroads. A very dark crossroad. One that could shake the world if the back and forth between candidates is true. And it appears as if they are. I wondered why John Kerry would visit Nigeria ahead of the elections and it’s becoming frighteningly clear.
Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – “If Maiduguri falls into the hands of Boko Haram, it would be a disaster for all of Africa”, says Fr. Gideon Obasogie, head of social communications of the Diocese of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria.
“Maiduguri is the state capital and the seat of Government, with all its structures, with a high concentration of state population and the commercial nerve of the northeast”, explains Fr. Obasogie. “If the city falls, citizens will be more facile to radicalization and the terrorists will have more conscripts. Maiduguri for Boko Haram would become a strong base and then rumble into Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa. Finally, if Maiduguri falls, the militants would control an airport and a military base with the 7 Div. This is really and truly dangerous for Nigeria, as it is a potential disaster for Africa as a continent”, emphasizes the priest. “So far – said Fr. Obasogie – the militants have conquered and occupied towns and villages near Maiduguri”.
The priest describes the situation in the capital of Borno State: “With the recent waves of attacks, there is so much fear and tension in the air. With the February Polls drawing ever close we see all sorts of personalities with well fashioned and designed promises too good to be taken as true; trooping into Maiduguri and the northeast, not to identify with us in our plight but to beg for our votes”.
“Citizens of Maiduguri as much as possible avoid crowded areas and the polling units would not be an exception, unless people’s security is assured and ensured. If anyone needs our votes, our safety must first be assured”, concludes Fr. Obasogie. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 05/02/2015)
Another report from Fides confirms the above dire situation that Nigeria and the Christian population faces: “We risk seeing Boko Haram conquer the entire north-east before the end of the election, unless foreign troops intervene”, said Mgr. Doeme, referring to the presidential elections to be held in mid-February and to the coordination of the military actions of neighboring Countries against Boko Haram, after the latest raids of Nigerian extremists in Cameroon and the conquest of the base of the international force of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad (see Fides 09/01/2015).
“The situation is very complex and the first victims are innocent civilians”, concluded the Bishop of Maiduguri who implies the existence of some “saboteurs” and accomplices within the Nigerian army, who favor the advance of Boko Haram for political reasons.”
Not only that, but we have reported on the checkered past of Buhari (has been referred to over the years as: “Janjanweed ticket”) who is running for President, and the smear campaigns on both sides, now this quote from today’s report by the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh sends chills down the spine of those watching and know the groups behind the demonic slaughter taking place in the whole of Africa: “We know that 90 per cent of these non-indigenes are supporters of the PDP. This is part of the APC Janjaweed ideology to truncate democracy in this country.” “The APC have been saying they were on top of the election, but now that it is obvious that PDP is on top, that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the election, they have resorted to causing mayhem.”
We shared this report a year ago, about the evil in the CAR and now there are those who are tying this in with the current violence in the Northeast of Nigeria. Africa: A Sinister Plot Behind the Massacre In CAR.
The Janjaweed are a ruthless group with the same ideologies as ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabob, the Seleka, and many other groups. To form their own government, “Sharia” and rule the continent of Africa and the Middle East— with the end time goal of ruling the World. They hate the West, they hate democracy, they hate Christians and other minorities. They show no mercy in their murderous slaughter. And now they have their sights on Nigeria.
Still other reports tell of the untold suffering of civilians most specifically Christians. Doctors without Borders is desperately trying to send what aid they can. Most have retreated to the bush as the refugee camps are either overcrowded or are not safe. The very least implication is that certified voters will be null and void as at least 1/4 of the population is displaced with more displacement every day. Malnutrition is rampant, and disease is not far behind. When you ask questions and seek the answers they are not hard to find, and it’s not hard to see that the interests of Africa are not for the innocent. Pray for Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
The Devil Came On Horseback: A documentary about the Janjaweed, a Sudanese government backed militia, who have stolen, raped and murdered Sudanese people in Darfur. (Watch) *Very Graphic*
(Voice of the Persecuted)As you know we have reported that Boko Haram recently released a new video threatening all of Northeast Africa. Several threats were made against, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. Threats made by the leader showcasing their huge array of weapons, and trumpeting their pride in how far they have come “from machetes and sticks” to now, boasting they would rule. Their recent presence in Niger inciting protests against a cartoon sent significant shock waves through the Christian Communities. Image after image of Christians continuing to worship in darkness show a contrast to the fear that this murderous group is attempting to instill in the world. But in reality while the world remains silent, the Black flag of Islam is controlling large swath’s of land. Larger than many in the world seem to realize.
Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – “Boko Haram tried to enter Maiduguri twice last weekend: the first time on Friday 23 and the second, Sunday 25 January”, reports Agenzia Fides. His Exc. Mgr. Oliver Dashe Doeme, Bishop Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, in northern Nigeria where the Boko Haram fighters tried to enter after having taken possession of other cities in the north-east of the Country.
“The guerrillas of Bolo Haram were rejected by the military and the civilian militia that defend the city. The fights were very intense. Boko Haram has lost several men. At the moment the situation in Maiduguri appears calm”, says to Fides Mgr. Doeme, who states that he is in Damaturu (Yobe State capital, whose territory falls within the diocese presided over by the Bishop) on a pastoral visit, although his collaborators keep him constantly updated on the situation in Maiduguri.
“We find ourselves in a very dangerous and difficult moment” continues the Bishop. “We risk seeing Boko Haram conquer the entire north-east before the end of the election, unless foreign troops intervene”, said Mgr. Doeme, referring to the presidential elections to be held in mid-February and to the coordination of the military actions of neighboring Countries against Boko Haram, after the latest raids of Nigerian extremists in Cameroon and the conquest of the base of the international force of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad (see Fides 09/01/2015).
“The situation is very complex and the first victims are innocent civilians”, concluded the Bishop of Maiduguri who implies the existence of some “saboteurs” and accomplices within the Nigerian army, who favor the advance of Boko Haram for political reasons. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 26/01/2015)
A recent report by CNN gained alot of criticism for portraying the government’s lack of concern, care and support of the military. They spoke with soldiers and wives of soldiers, and their report shows soldiers having to buy their own uniforms, equipment and health care. Widows of soldiers are ignored, with the government refusing to hear their pleas.
Northern Nigeria (CNN) :I didn’t want to ask the question. I could already guess the pain behind the answer. “Do you think your husband is dead?” Her mouth twists, contorting her young face, tears welling in her already reddened eyes. “I don’t know… I pray to God to give him another chance,” she finally manages to stutter.
To watch the video click the above link. It’s eye opening. We also were skeptica,l so we sent it to someone on the ground for verification. Sadly, they confirmed this was true, saying there are many women in the same situation. Their husbands missing or killed and the government refusing to open their cases. Many women and children abandoned from a government their husbands swore to defend. Many innocents on the run from Boko Haram finding little comfort. One critic of the above said that the media here in America wouldn’t dare to call out our military in that manner, but yet we have. We have repeatedly called out our government for the way our veterans and their families are treated.
Boko Haram has devastated large areas of land. Right under the noses of the African Government and military.
Just how much territory do they control? It’s been said that Boko Haram alone controls land the size of Belgium. How could this happen? How could the world allow this cancer to spread? They seem to have underestimated the super highway that has been constructed right under their noses. By uniting with ISIS, Al-shabob, Al-queda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Taliban and Iran they have created this super highway of terror that reaches from Iran to the coast of Africa. They receive funding and weapons with their own network of alliances that rival NATO. That’s not hyperbole or an understatement.
While previewing this video for truth, we were told that one way for the Boko Haram to obtain weapons was to attack military bases where they receive intelligence from their connections in the military. Until the world realizes the scope of the magnitude of what is happening these groups will thrive. Again, their weapons, their intelligence, their support rivals that of NATO. They have created this mammoth network all across the Middle East and Africa. Look at Yemen and how quickly the government fell.
Despite all the violence, Christianity continues to grow in Nigeria. The numbers of Christians in Nigeria has grown from 21.4% in 1953 to 49.3% in 2010. Their faith is strengthened in the face of tribulation. What is heartbreaking is the numbers of displaced. Refugee camps are growing.
World Watch Monitor quotes a Nigerian Cleric : What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria.
World Watch Monitor also tells of the plight and anger of Christians at the Governments inability to care for or protect them.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria for the North Central Zone, Daniel Kadzai, said Christians in the north have lost confidence in the government’s ability to deal with the crisis. ‘‘The Federal Government has toyed with the lives and limbs of the Christians in Northern Nigeria for political gains. “There is no explanation the government can give as to why the Federal troops will run away from the towns prior to the attack on such towns by Boko Haram without putting up any resistance, if the government does not have a hand in the whole genocide on Northern Christians as is being speculated in the local and foreign media,’’ Kadzai said.
The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), based mainly in the northern part of the country, is the worst affected by the insurgency. Information released during the protest shows that the church has suffered heavy losses and damages over the 5 years of Boko Haram insurgency. Over 8,000 of their members have been killed, while more than 700,000, mostly women and Children have been displaced and now scattered in places like Jos, Abuja, Kaduna and Yola. Some 270 churches have been razed completely by the insurgents. Nigeria is ranked fourth on theGlobal Terrorism Index (GTI) for 2013, issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace. According to the index, more than 80 per cent of the lives lost to terrorists occurred in five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.The institute says Boko Haram is one of the four most-active militant organisations along with the Islamic State, the Taliban and al Qaeda. (More)
So you begin to see the magnitude of what is transpiring in Nigeria. Why are the cries of the innocents unheeded? We would like to know the answer to that. Although recent attacks are ever stronger, the condemnation from world leaders and the UN are not. No aid, no help, and nothing to stop the rampage. Pray for Nigeria.
C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst