It has been over two years since Boko Haram entered the main stage of terror in Nigeria. In April 2014, the militant group kidnapped 276, mostly Christian, teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok. 219 of these girls are still missing.
Boko Haram has continued to wage a war of terror against the people of Nigeria, specifically in the northeastern region. The group has killed thousands of people, deployed children as suicide bombers, and destroyed the future for countless young women and girls. Last year, the militant group pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State, around the same time that the Nigerian military began its offensive against the group.
Now, they have threatened to specifically target Christians and churches in the African nation after feeling threatened by the “Christianizing” of Nigerian society.
“Targeting Christian churches for bombing is no news to us. That’s exactly what they (Boko Haram) have been doing over the years,” Rev. Musa Asake, National Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, told ICC. “My advice to Christians is that they buckle up, fasten their seatbelts and protect their churches since the government securities have been very weak in helping. Christians are being attacked by Islamic radicals in Nigeria almost on [a] daily basis.”
Troy Augustine, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “We are deeply concerned for the protection of our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Christians are already regularly suffering at the hands of terrorists, and now Boko Haram has promised to vamp up their dedication to destroying Christianity in the nation. The government must step up its efforts to protect Christian citizens in particular from the hateful advances of Boko Haram as they proclaim and even publish their rising efforts against Nigerians.”