Christian Persecution In Nigeria Essay

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Christian persecution by Muslim extremists in (mainly) northern Nigeria is and has been a serious problem for several years. The main contributors to this issue are the Islamic extremist and Muslim purist organization, Boko Haram. According to Religion Today, over 3000 people have been killed since Boko Haram began it’s insurgency. Murders and jihads are a regular occurrence in Nigeria, with new reports seemingly coming out every day of another terrorist attack or mass shooting. With government being unsupportive of Christians and the constant persecution by extremists, the outlook has seemed bleak for a very long time, but quite recently the announcement of NASOC (Nigerian Army Special ...view middle of the document...

They are trying to get Nigeria to a point where they have influence and control; able to enforce Sharia law. There are several instances in which extremists storm a college or school, separate Muslims from Christians, the slit the throats of or shoot the Christians. Some examples include: December 1, 2012, Muslim extremists raided Chibok in Nigeria, slitting the throats of ten Christians. In October of 2012, Boko Haram members raided a college, grouping people by their religion, and executing the Christians. Suicide bombings are common as well. It has become increasingly dangerous for open Christians, converts and the Christians doing the converting. Death counts of individual terrorism incidents range from just a few people to more than 50. Over a span of 3 days last September, 93 people were killed in Nigeria, the majority being Christians, with other people as “collaterals.” With constant terrorism acts being committed almost daily, it seems the Muslims are on their way to the end of Christianity in Nigeria.

Pre-2013, there were conflicts between the United States and the Nigerian government over human rights violations and the terrorist situation at hand. The United States was concerned with Boko Haram and was eager to label them a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Nigeria was hesitant to let the United States do this; worried that this would turn off trade and interaction with them. Later, these concerns were put to rest and on November 8, 2013, Boko Haram and another terrorist group, the Ansaru, were formally and officially labeled Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the United States, mainly due to pressure from religious organizations and politicians. The need to stop Boko Haram has now taken precedence over the possible negative connotations having a labeled terrorist organization may bring to Nigeria.

With the labeling of Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, authorizing United States help and the creation of...

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