Nigerian Christians threatened and urged to close church
According to Sahara reporters, an unnamed group has written to the Christian community in Nigeria’s northern Zamfara state, warning churches to close or risk “ferocious attacks”.
Spokesman for the Zamfara State police, DSP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the threat to Sahara reporters. “Yes, I can confirm that it’s true, a threat letter was sent to the Christians in Zamfara State to stop worship and to close churches,” he said.
“Actually, the police informed the Christian leaders about the threat. Accordingly, the CP has invited the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state to discuss security measures around the churches.”
Zamfara State is in the northern part of Nigeria, a region governed by Islamic Sharia law, despite the country claiming to be secular. When a religion takes over the government, as it has in much of Nigeria’s north, it creates a social and judicial hierarchy along religious lines and makes religious minorities, in this case Christians, suffer due to their lack of conformity.