World Evangelical Alliance ‘appalled by ruthlessness’ of Christian persecution in Nigeria
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has said it is deeply concerned about violence against Christians in Nigeria and the "insufficient response" from the Nigerian government. The organisation, which represents 600 million evangelicals in over 130 countries, also called for perpetrators to be held to account.
Bishop Efraim Tendero, CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance said in a statement: “We are appalled at the ruthlessness of the kidnappings and attacks, but are also very concerned about the insufficient response by the Nigerian government in both preventing such crimes and holding the perpetrators to account.”
“The month of January 2020 has proven to be a bloody month as virtually no day passed by without one form of attack or another,” he added.
Religious freedom charity Open Doors ranks Nigeria number 12 out of 50 countries where it costs the most to be a Christian.
The organisation said Christians in the northern region and in the Middle Belt suffer from violence perpetrated by Islamic extremist groups such as militant Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.
“Such violence often results in loss of life, physical injury, as well as loss of property. As a result of the violence, Christians are also being dispossessed of their land and means of livelihood-and Christians with a Muslim background also face rejection from their own families,” it added.
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