Nigeria is the most populated nation in Africa and lies on the continents fault line between the largely muslim north and the predominantly christian south. For several years now radical muslims have been carrying out a holy war or “jihad” against christians in Nigeria in hopes of one day establishing a separate Islamic state in the country’s north. Over the last decade there have been thousands of christian fatalities perpetrated by muslim extremist.
Christians every day are having their rights violated and live terrefied of possible attacks from terrorist organizations whose sole purpose is to attack Christians. The problem has intensified and grown to a point where police have to stand watch outside of church services to protect the people inside from possible attacks and raids from violent religious persecutors.
These religious persecutors are mainly the Boko Haram, a terrorist group who’s attacks target christians. “Boko Haram” which means “western education is forbidden” has existed in several forms since the late 1990’s. The group which is behind most attacks on christians in Nigeria conducts military grade attacks on civilions several times a week.
The terrorist organization suffered setbacks in July 2009 when clashes with Nigerian government forces led to the death of hundreds of its members including the former leader Mohammed Yusuf. In July of 2010 the group’s leader Abu Bakrer and second-in-command Abubaker Shekau appeared in a video claiming leadership of the terrorist organization and threatening attacks on all western influence. months in Nigeria. Later thatstatementekau issued a second staement expressing solidarity with al-Qa’ida and threatening the United States.
Under Shekau’s leadership Boko Haram has continued to demonstrate growing opanrational capabilities, with a increasing use of improvised explosive device(IED) attacks against soft targets. The group set off their first vehicle-borne IED attack against a western interest on August 26, 2whichThe vehicle bomb attack whick killed at least 23 people and injured more than 80 was on the UN headquarters in Abuja. A representative for the Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack and promised future targeting on U.S. and Nigerian government interest.
Since late 2011 the group has intensified attacks conducting several a week against a wide range of targets including christians, Nigerian security and police forces, media, schools, and politicians sparing neither women or child. In 2013 the group expanded its activity out of Nigeria into neighboring countries and continues to clash with its own countries forces.
Eye witness acounts of horrific attacks by persecutors have been recorded and...