The United Nations has been urged to recognize the atrocities carried out against Christians in Nigeria. In this regard, the European Centre for Law and Justice submitted a request with the UN seeking efficacious efforts in order to stop massacre of Nigerian Christians.
The European Centre for Law and Justice reportedly filed an official letter requesting the UN to “recognize and put an end to the atrocities being carried about against Christians in Nigeria.” For this purpose, on August 13, an official letter was presented to the Human Rights Council. The letter warned that: “Nigeria has become home to radical groups that seek to eliminate Christianity from the country.”
The European Centre for Law and Justice urged the UN to intervene and make efforts to stop and prevent the anti-Christians violence in Nigeria. It was maintained that the terror group Boko Haram must be contained so as to prevent Christians’ slaughter perpetrated by this group.
A Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors states: “…Christianity is dominant in the south. Ongoing rivalries between ethnic groups contribute to the persecution of Christians who are caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, radical groups, such as Boko Haram and Muslim Fulani herdsmen, heavily persecute believers in the northern and Middle Belt regions.” Christianity and Islam are two main religions in the country.
“In the southern part of Nigeria, Christians experience religious freedom. However, in the northern and Middle Belt regions, they suffer from violence perpetrated by Islamic militant groups. Death, physical injury and loss of property are commonplace, as well as loss of land and livelihood”, Open Doors states.
Thus far, this year 6,000 Christians have suffered at the hands of these terrorist groups. These gruesome figures have been revealed by Nigerian church leaders. They revealed that thousands of Christian men, women, children and elderly have been targeted, many killed as result of the night raids. The terrorist groups target churches, confiscate properties of Christians and set the homes of Christians on fire as entire families inside burnt to death.
Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump also talked to his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, in the White House. President Trump spoke on behalf of the Nigerian Christians urging the Nigerian leader to take immediate steps to stop the atrocities.