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Nigeria: Christians Call Upon Government to Take Action Against Militant Groups

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(Photo : Flickr/EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection/CC) Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) called on government to take steps to put an end of massacres of Christians by militant organizations including Boko Haram, ISIS, and Al-Shabab.

The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) voiced their concerns about the slaughter of Christians in the country by terrorist organizations including Boko Haram, ISIS, and Al-Shabab.

As of July, about 384 Christians had died and another 111 wounded across Nigeria this year. The figure is close to the total of 431 deaths in the entire 2015.

CANAN has called on the Nigerian government to take concrete steps to rein in the militant groups to end the brutal killings of Christians.

"We are saddened by the rapid occurrences of these atrocious killings without a corresponding accountability being meted to the growing list of perpetrators," said Dr. Ade' Oyesile, Executive Director at CANAN.

Former Congressman Frank Wolf visited Nigeria earlier this year and saw the miserable condition of the internally displaced people who were fleeing Boko Haram.

"People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it," Wolf told The Christian Post.

Millions of Nigerians are displaced in the country because of the ongoing terror campaign unleashed by radical Islamist organizations. Wolf said that Nigerians feel abandoned by Western churches as they are not coming out in support of Nigeria as the situation demands.

Terrorism has been on the rise in Nigeria during the past decade. Apart from the militant organizations, the Fulani herdsmen were also reported to have turned violent in recent years, carrying out massacres on the routes they traveled.

"Everywhere we went, the issue of Boko Haram came up. But secondly, the issue of the Fulani militants came up even more," said Wolf.

United Nations' children's agency said that over 240,000 children in Nigeria are suffering from malnutrition, and about 134 children succumb to harsh conditions of life wrought upon by terror activities of Boko Haram.

"Some 134 children on average will die every day from causes linked to acute malnutrition if the response is not scaled up quickly," said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF regional director for Western and Central Africa, who visited Borno state.

Joseph Bagobiri, Catholic bishop of Kafanchan, issued a plea for "a global fund to help in the meaningful rehabilitation of victims, to ensure that both land and property of Christians and other vulnerable minorities are returned to them unfailingly."

Bagobiri told the world leaders at a UN conference in New York that about 11,500 people were killed between 2006 and 2014 in Nigeria, and 13,000 churches were destroyed by Boko Haram. Over 1.3 million people were internally displaced by terrorist activities in the country.

Tags Nigeria terrorism, Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN)

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