Nigeria: 20 Christians Murdered By Muslims
This was not done without the direct support of the islamic community in Nigeria.
It is starting to look like another Nigerian Civil War is imminent. When the pictures of the dead and dying start hitting the global media, do not give to charities serving the muslim north, they will just buy ammunition. Once we identify charities that serve the Christian south we will let you know.
Matthew Onah, John Shiklam and Michael Olugbode, 8 January 2012, allAfrika
At least 20 more people were killed at the weekend in fresh attacks suspected to have been carried out by the terrorist Boko Haram sect in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States.
The terrorists attacked the Christ Apostolic Church, Nasarawo Parish, Jimeta-Yola in Adamwa State, on Friday evening, killing over 12 persons.
They also shot and killed four persons in another raid in Lamurde, about 80 kilometres away from Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
In another attack in Potiskum, the Yobe State capital, Boko Haram members killed two persons and raided four banks.
-See the pattern yet, these are not isolated events by a few muslims. An attack across that much area requires a complex system of attackers and supporters. This was not done without the direct support of the islamic community in Nigeria.
On Saturday, sect gunmen also shot and killed two Christian students who attend the University of Maiduguri in Borno State, the state Police Commissioner Simeon Midenda said.
The fresh attacks in Adamawa State bring to 30 the total number of persons killed in the state in the last two days. Fourteen persons lost their lives in a similar attack on Thursday in Mubi town which borders Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and the hotbed of Boko Haram’s terrorism.
Over 30 other persons were also admitted in various hospitals in Adamawa State where they are being treated for gunshot wounds.
The spate of attacks in the last two days compelled the Adamawa State governor, Alhaji Murtala Nyako, to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Yola and Mubi to check possible reprisal attacks.
He has also placed a N25 million bounty on the heads of the killers in a bid to encourage members of the public to squeal on them to facilitate their arrest by law enforcement agents.
The attacks, especially on churches and Christians, have prompted the Christian Association of Nigeria to warn that Christians would be forced to defend themselves against being made sitting ducks if the government cannot guarantee their safety.
According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen, numbering about eight, drove in a Volkswagen Golf car while some rode on a motorcycle to the gate of the Christ Apostolic Church at approximately 10 pm and shot into the congregation, killing 12 persons, including two girls.
The church was said to have been conducting a youth leadership training programme, when the gunmen struck.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Altine Daniel, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed the attacks but said she had insufficient information on the death toll. But residents said about 12 people were feared dead during the attack.
The state Police Commissioner Ade Shinaba, however, said at least eight worshippers died in the attack.
The Associated Press also reported that at a nearby beauty salon, at least three others were killed in a similar attack. “Three gunmen with their faces covered with black cloth burst into my salon and started shooting at customers, chanting, ‘God is great, God is great,’” said Stephen Tizhe, 35.
Despite the imposition of emergency rule on Potiskum, the commercial nerve centre of Yobe State, Boko Haram members attacked the town on Friday night, killing two civilians and injuring several other persons.
The attack, which took place between 6 pm and 7.15 pm on Friday, started with the ambush of a military patrol vehicle and four banks.
Sources said hours before the attack, there was suspicious movement of armed men around the banks but residents of the town mistook them for security agents dressed in plain clothes.
Those who were quick enough to suspect that they might be members of Boko Haram immediately fled the vicinity on Mohammed Idris Way.
One of those who fled the area told THISDAY that shortly after they left the area, they heard the first explosion and suddenly saw people scampering for safety.
A resident who spoke to THISDAY at around 7.30 am yesterday said, “There are gunshots as I am speaking to you now.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Commissio-ner, Tanko Lawal, who confirmed he was just returning from a tour of the affected area, said two civilians were found dead while many others were injured.
“I can confirm to you that no church or place of worship was bombed, but four banks were bombed. They are Intercontinental Bank, Finland Bank, Zenith Bank and Keystone Bank, which is the former Habib Bank.”
As the attacks against Christians rose, the CAN president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, vowed yesterday that Christians would adequately protect themselves from Boko Haram, but he declined to offer specifics, raising concerns about reprisal attacks.
“We have decided to work out means to defend ourselves against these senseless killings,” Oritsejafor told reporters.
-The best defense is a strong offense
Reacting to the rising casualties in the north-east, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar condemned the latest round of terrorist attacks in Jigawa and Gombe States, as well as in Mubi and Jimeta, Adamawa State, by Boko Haram.
He told reporters yesterday in Abuja that the killing of innocent Nigerians was not only criminal and barbaric but also a dangerous threat to the unity of the country, especially coming two weeks after the terrorist attack on worshippers at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla on Christmas day.
“This spiral of violence,” he said, “is unacceptable because it is targeted at destroying Nigeria’s hard efforts to sustain unity in diversity.”
According to Atiku, the attack on defenceless citizens anywhere carries the risk of polarising the nation and weakening the efforts to take a united stand against terrorists and their evil agenda.
He said at a time leaders were making concerted efforts to find solutions to terrorism, some bandits with hideous motives appeared determined to set Nigerians against one another.
The former vice president called for increased vigilance by security agents, wondering how bandits could kill with impunity without detection or intervention by those trained to protect the citizens.
-And we wonder the same thing.
He expressed his condolence to the families of the victims and affirmed his solidarity with the government and people of Adamawa State and the rest of the country over this national tragedy.
Atiku’s condolence message was made just as Christians began to flee the north after scores were killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants who issued an ultimatum to Christians to leave the region or be killed.
Since the expiration of the ultimatum, attacks in towns in four states in the north-east have left dozens dead, forcing hundreds of Christians to flee to the south, according to residents and a Red Cross official.
Witnesses said some shops run by Christians in towns hit by the violence, including Yola and Mubi, were closed yesterday and residents started to pack their belongings onto buses heading to the south.
“We are very worried by the persistent killings. We have asked youths to remain calm. We stand for a united Nigeria but there is a limit to human tolerance,” a CAN spokesman told Reuters.
-Screw that, take the fight to the enemy.