Boko Haram is one of the most violent of the militant Islamic groups. Its agenda is to wipe out Christianity in Nigeria through murder and destruction and to force any survivors to convert to Islam. It seeks to impose strict Sharia law
At least 29 Christians have been murdered since mid-May by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. On May 22nd, 10 Christians in Pambula-Kwamda were hacked to death with machetes. Due to disruption of telephone communications by the group, reports of the incident have only been confirmed in the last few days. This follows a suicide bombing which killed nine Christians and a shooting spree which killed 10 earlier in the month.
The attacks have been primarily directed at members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. The EYN has lost over a third of its local church branches since 2009, only 1,390 remain out of 2,280, and 1,674 worship centers have been completely destroyed. EYN president Rev. Samuel Dante Dali says in addition to the murders, well over 700,000 church members have been displaced due to the violence.
“The peace heritage of the church is still the only way consistent with the gospel that we uphold,” Dali says. Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population of 158.2 million, while Muslims account for 45 percent and live mainly in the north.