Nigerian Military Accomplices in Massacre Against Christians?
Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2010)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Nigerian military refused to intervene when clearly warned that Muslims were planning to slaughter Christians in the village Dogo Nahawa.
According to the Nigerian daily This Day, on March 6 at 9 PM, Jonah John Jang (a Christian), the governor of Plateau State (the State where the attack took place) reported the possibility of the attack to Major-General Maina Saleh(a Muslim), the commanding officer of the military in the area. But the military failed to take action despite the specific information from the governor.
“It (the massacre) could have been avoided if they acted on my report,” said the governor.
Reverend Chuwang Avou, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Plateau State, told ICC that Christians from the village of Dogo Nahawa called him as soon as the Muslims started the carnage at 2 AM local time. He immediately alerted the security officials.
The security officials went to the village while Muslims were killing Christians and still didn’t intervene to stop the massacre. Further, when Christians from surrounding villages attempted to intervene, the security forces stopped them by stating they could not enter the village until 6 AM. The Muslims slaughtered more than 500 Christians before they left the village at 5:30 AM.
“Christians are intimidated and getting frustrated. We need assistance from outside Nigeria because we don’t have confidence in this country. We have lost confidence in the security forces in our country. ..Military people, especially the army, are taking sides…We want the United Nation to come to our aid.” said Reverend Avou.
Religious, Not Ethnic Violence
Nigerian Christian leaders also expressed their frustration that the Muslim attack has been labeled “ethnic” violence by the media and politicians. Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria told ICC that the violence was part of an Islamic Jihad against Christian minorities in northern Nigeria.
An eye witness of the violence told ICC that the Muslims were “shouting allahu akbar, allahu akbar (God is great). If you hear them shouting allahu akbar, allahu akbar, then it means that they have killed somebody.”
“They burn our churches. They burn our Christian schools. They burn properties belonging to Christians. And they get support from all over the Islamic nation,” said Reverend Avou.
During the attack the Muslims burned down a Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church of West Africa and the Church of Christ in Nigeria.
Church leaders said that the Muslims are bent on forcefully converting everyone in Plateau State to Islam.
ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho, said, “Its unfortunate for the mainstream media to ignore the central Jihad motivation of the massacre of Christians. We strongly condemn Nigerian security officials for refusing to intervene and stop the Muslim carnage. We call upon the international community to investigate this latest attack against Christians.” www.persecution.org