ICC Note: The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) has reported that the number of Nigerian Christians killed so far in 2016 is almost equal to the number killed in the entire year of 2015. This shows the significant increase in violence that Christians in the country have been facing recently. The Christians, who are slaughtered by the radical Muslims in the country, have no one to defend them. The government, despite their public condemnation of the killings, has done little to stop them from happening. There have been at least 384 Nigerian Christians killed so far this year, by the work of groups such as Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen.
07/28/2016, Nigeria (Christian Post) - The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has called on the Nigerian government to end the growing slaughter of Christians at the hands of radical Islamists in the country, arguing that such a massacre should not be the Christians' "portion in Jesus' name."
"Whatever the federal government is doing, if any, is either too slow or insignificant compared with the reoccurrence of the killings; the federal government needs to step up and take bold actions to give members of the Christian community in the country a sense of security and belonging," said Pastor Ade Oyesile, executive director of CANAN, in a statement.
"We MUST all work hard to avoid these sectarian killings which in our very eyes have made countries embroiled in it to become failed nations. That should not be our portion in Jesus Christ name."
Like a number of other persecution watchdog groups, CANAN has raised its voice against the spate of killings of Christians by radical Muslims throughout 2016. The group says that according to its records, at least 384 Christians have been killed so far this year, and produced a list of the various attacks carried out by radical groups such as Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen.