Nigeria is the most dangerous place for Christians in the world
The United States House of Representatives has declared Nigeria as “the most dangerous place for Christians in the world.”
The Chairman of its Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organisation, Christopher Smith, made the claim at a a Sub-Committee presentation on the challenges faced by Christians in Nigeria. At the meeting former president Goodluck Jonathan defended his administration’s efforts to prosecute Islamic terrorists. Smith said, “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today… My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such as in Jos.
“Unfortunately, Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world and impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians seem to be widespread”, he declared.
The former president explained that his administration tried to curb the attack on Christians by reaching out to relevant religious groups and stake holders. He said he was able to personally reached out to the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, to appeal to the Christian community against reprisal attacks. Jonathan said he reached out to the “Muslim Ummah in Nigeria, through the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III,” convincing the Sultan to “publicly condemn Islamic extremism in Nigeria.”
Christopher Smith extended an invitation to Goodluck Jonathan “to come to the United States next week to share your views on this matter, including the alleged Islamisation of government under the current administration and the actions your foundation is prepared to take in pursuit of religious freedom.”
Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group have killed over 200, 000 people since their emergence in 2009, though non official figures double the figure while over five million people have been displaced as refugees. Fulani Islamic cattle herdsmen have attacked and devastated hundreds of Christian communities across the middle belt region of Nigeria, starting from Jos Plateau State in 2008.
While the Nigerian government has dragged its feet in fighting Boko Haram, corruption and sympathy with Boko Haram insurgency within the government and military has sustained the fight against the islamic terror group that have made Christians and schools its target of attacks. The government has deliberately ignored addressing the attacks and killings of christians by Fulani Islamic Herdsmen, causing christians leaders to “defend themselves” against the Fulani Herdsmen.