B’nai B’rith International is deeply troubled by what now looks like an ongoing campaign targeting Christians in Nigeria. Attacks in the last few days by the Islamist group Boko Haram have killed more than 50 Christian Nigerians. This is the same radical Muslim group that murdered 40 Christians on Christmas Day and promises more attacks as it tries to install Islamic law in Nigeria.
B’nai B’rith sent a letter to Nigeria’s ambassador to Washington after the Christmas bombings, expressing horror at the attacks on worshippers. Among the latest atrocities were a Jan. 5 assault on the Deeper Life Church in Gombe, attacks on Jan. 6 targeting the Christ Apostolic Church in Jimeta-Yola as well as Christian mourners in Mubi, and an attempted car bombing at the Living Faith Church in Kaduna on Jan. 8.
“The international community must stand in solidarity with the people of Nigeria and strongly condemn attacks targeting a religious community,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.
“It is outrageous that one radical group is trying to bend such a multi-cultural nation as Nigeria to its narrow view through violence,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
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