The Genocidal Assault on Nigeria's Christians

Where's the international outrage?

With the election of President Trump and the reported rise of nationalist parties across the Western world, leftists in America and beyond are having a blast self-styling as “resistors” to “fascism.” 

They are outraged explicitly over the so-called “Islamophobia” of the President’s “travel ban.” 

Yet the perpetually indignant, unsurprisingly, are utterly silent regarding the massive slaughter and persecution by Muslims of Christians throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

For example, how many people know that just last month, over a span of four days, militant Islamic Fulani herdsmen embarked on a killing spree that reduced a dozen Nigerian villages to dust and claimed the lives of at least 200 Christian men, women, and children?  

Open Doors, an organization dedicated to serving persecuted Christians throughout the world, describes these targeted villages as Nigeria’s Plateau State, and describes the region as “the epicenter of Christianity in northern Nigeria’s Middle Belt.”  The organization is still trying to piece together the events surrounding the genocidal attack of Nigerian Christians on June 25th,

According to reports, 120 villagers were hunted down and hacked to death by machete-wielding Muslims while traveling home from the funeral of an elderly villager in In the Nigerian ward of Gidin Akwati.

Also slaughtered that day was a Christian pastor, the Reverend Musa Choji -  murdered by these savages along with his wife and son. 

These terrorists scorched the entire community of Gidin Akwatito the ground.  Reports claim that some of those forced to flee their homes are now hiding in the Bush - remaining ever vulnerable to future attacks.

In a neighboring community of Gidin Akwati , another Christian pastor reported “more than 50 heavily armed Fulani herdsmen” laid waste to his whole village via fire and murdered 100 of his neighbors. Predictably, these Islamic militants destroyed that town’s Christian churches while also laying waste to all the homes in the community. Remarkably few people managed to save themselves that day.

This pastor’s wife’s childhood home was also “decimated” - home to 15 people and another unlucky 13 visitors.  

World Watch Monitor reports that the two soldiers and one police officer who was present in the village of Nghar during the attack fled when the Islamic militants invaded. 

Although the violence appears to have climaxed during this one June weekend, the region had been a tinderbox for months. Pastor Steve Kwol, chairman of the Pentecostal Federation of Nigeria for Plateau North, shares details:

“We’ve been living peacefully” with the Fulani herdsmen, he begins. “Since this crisis started in Plateau in recent months, our people have not killed one Fulani man.” However, “they have been killing our people one by one.  We just buried them and carried on.” 

Continuing, Pastor Kwol states that as a consequence of “the ongoing insecurity, there are places where people can no longer go farm,” for when they do, “the Fulani will come and take their cows, or attack them.” 

The pastor painfully reveals the trauma that he personally suffered:  “Just two weeks ago, they shot my wife’s young brother. But he survived. He was discharged on Wednesday and had returned home on Thursday, only to get killed in the last attack, on Saturday.” 

Community members insist that these attacks are part of “a grand plan to Islamize Nigeria.”  According to a Dr. Soja Bewarang, the murders are “no longer farmer and herder clashes” but, rather, a “deliberate attempt to conquer and occupy the land of the people’s ancestral heritage.” 

Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam maintains that the violence, constituting as it makes a steady pattern, is “another Boko Haram in disguise.” 

And speaking of Boko Haram, though the terrorist organization remains alive and well, no one, least of all “the Resistance” and “MeToo” crowd, has shown the inclination to utter a peep about it. 

Yet,  in addition to engaging in the destruction of villages and churches and the perpetration of mass murder, from 2009 to the present, Boko Haram has kidnapped as many as 3,000 women and girls. There are concerns that it is spreading throughout Southeast Africa.

In predominantly Christian Mozambique, throughout June, the members of a Sunni Muslim sect visited a reign of terror upon the residents of the villages that they targeted. Armed with AK-47s and machetes, groups of Muslim men destroyed hundreds of homes and murdered several people—all while loudly reading Arabic words from the Quran. 

The terrorists tormented one elderly man who tried,  in vain,  to make a run for it.  They caught him and beheaded him in front of horrified bystanders. 

A woman named Anshia relays her account of the horror that she endured in Mozambique: She was asleep when she awoke to the sound of gunfire. “I was running behind my husband and my three older children when I remembered that I had left the baby in my room. I went back.”  

At this point, the thugs had already set her home ablaze. One of them “grabbed my hand and slapped me in the face,” knocking her to the floor. It was at this point that she was able to escape.  

Thankfully, she successfully retrieved her unharmed child. 

Where do the self-appointed enemies of “fascism” and “Islamophobia” in the West stand on this, and other acts of profiling, abuse, and murder of innocent blacks and women in Africa?  That’s right - crickets.

Photo: Steve Evans