Islamic terrorists attacked two Christian villages in the northeastern Nigerian states of Borno and Adamawa in recent days. The attacks killed at least 99 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. These are among the highest death tolls from Islamic attacks in the past year. Some of my readers may be aware that more Christians have been martyred in Nigeria that in any other country in recent years. The Nigerian government has declared a state of emergency to deal with Islamic terrorism. In Kawuri village in Borno state, more than fifty terrorists assaulted the local market launching explosives which killed 52 persons and injured 16 others. The entire village of 300 homes was also destroyed. Further, two improvised explosive devices were left behind to explode the following day. However, the IEDs did not kill or injure any others, though press reports indicated that the bombs narrowly missed first responders who were collecting the bodies of the victims.
In Adamawa state, Islamic terrorists attacked a Roman Catholic church during Mass in the village of Wada Chakawa. The Islamists fired their weapons into the church, set off explosives, and took hostages during the five-hour siege. Local officials recovered 45 bodies, including those of two police officers. ABC News reported that Moses Apogu, a witness to the attack, said, “They used explosives during the attack on worshippers, and many people lost their lives.” Further, another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his life, said at least some of the hostages were later killed. Nearly 200 people have been killed during January 2014 by members of the Boko Haram terrorist network. “Boko Haram” means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language. Other attacks have forced hundreds of villagers from 30 farming communities to leave the area. The United Nations now estimates that more than 10,000 refugees from the violence have fled to Cameroon and Niger in recent months. These refugees need tents and camping supplies (flashlights, stoves, ponchos, solar lamps, first aid kits, portable toilets, and sleeping bags). However, World Vision, World Relief, and Samaritan’s Purse are presently not operating in Nigeria.
In response, at the State of the Union speech following these attacks, President Obama said nothing. However, the American Secretary of State John F. Kerry said in a recently issued statement, “The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.” Further, with no apparent irony, Secretary Kerry’s statement also said the following about homosexual “marriage”:
People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love. We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens’ fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.
Yes, Secretary Kerry, no one should face violence for who they love, especially the Lord Jesus. Finally, in the aftermath of the attacks against Christians in Nigeria, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights convened a meeting late last week to condemn the alleged racism of the National Football League’s Washington team, the Redskins. (No, I am not making this up.) In the face of all of the horrific evil against Christians taking place at the hands of Islamists in Nigeria, and the second-ranking official in charge of human rights at the United Nations called a meeting about the Redskins? Makes me wish the Redskins were in the Super Bowl this Sunday evening, and that the United Nations moves from New York City to northeast Nigeria. Please pray for our Nigerian brothers and sisters that they may stand strong in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Peace to the memory of Christ’s beloved martyrs of Kawuri and Wada Chakawa villages. And if you have any thoughts about how we can help the Nigerian refugees, please post the information in the comments here below.