Nigeria’s [Cr]ISIS: “Most Of Our Churches Have Been Destroyed And Our Pastors Are Scattered”
Luke 11:23, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”
John 16:2b-3, “… the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or Me.”
Qur’an Sura 4:171, “O People of the Book [Christians], exceed not the limits in your religion or speak anything about Allah, but the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only a messenger of Allah … Allah is only one God. Far be it from His glory to have a son …”
Qur’an Sura 9:30, “ the Christians say, ‘The Messiah is the son of [God].’ That is their statement from their mouths … May Allah destroy them …”
1 John 2:22b, “… He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.”
World Watch Monitor – “What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria, a Nigerian cleric says.
‘The news is really bad. When they attacked our hometown, we decided to vacate the place. In Michika and surrounding areas, soldiers were running away. Some of them were killed or wounded and lot of people were also running for their lives,’ Rev. Samuel Dali, President of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, told World Watch Monitor as he was on the run, a few metres from the Cameroon border.
During the weekend of Sept. 6-7, Boko Haram militants took over Dali’s hometown of Michika, in Adamawa State, on Nigeria’s eastern border. Recent territorial gains made by Boko Haram in the northeast, he said, signal the end of his home and of the church in that part of the country, Africa’s most populous.
In Iraq, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, swept across the country’s north in June, forcing hundreds of thousands of people, about a quarter of them Christian, fleeing from their homes. Hundreds have been killed. Whole towns have essentially emptied of Christians and non-Sunni Muslims, and their places of worship have been destroyed or occupied.
The situation in the parts of northeast Nigeria overrun by Boko Haram is similar, Dali said.
‘We have lost almost everything,’ he said. ‘Most of our churches have been destroyed and our pastors are scattered all over. Our members have fled and some of them killed. That’s what we have tried to prevent from happening.’ The Church of the Brethren is known locally as Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN Church.
And, as in Iraq, Nigerian Christians are on the run, Dali said.
During the weekend attacks, dozens of cars loaded with people and luggage formed a long queue. Many, he said, were confused, and didn’t know where to go. Some are thinking of crossing the border to Cameroon, while others planned to reach relatives and friends elsewhere in Nigeria.
In recent weeks, thousands have already crossed the border as the insurgents have overrun several major towns, notably Bama, the second-largest city of Borno State with about 270,000 inhabitants and just 45 miles away of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Despite government assurance that Maiduguri is safe, traditional elders — a forum made up of retired civilian and military officials — have told Nigerian news media that Boko Haram has surrounded the capital …” Read more.
Flashback: Islamists In Nigeria Slaughter Hundreds Of Christians In Past Week, Bible College And Churches Forced To Close – “Nigerian Christian leaders have said that Islamic terror group Boko Haram has killed over 350 Christians in just the past week, forcing the closure of churches and Christian schools. Officials from the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) said that the country’s Kulp Bible College along with several churches have been forcibly shut down due to the ongoing hostilities, according to Morning Star News. Over the weekend, the Church President Samuel Dali said that Boko Haram was continuing to advance towards the doorstep of his community, forcing many to flee for fear of their lives.” Read more.
Flashback: Nigeria: Boko Haram: Our Goal Is To Eliminate Followers Of Christ – “Terrorist organisation Boko Haram has issued a statement making clear that its goal is to eliminate followers of Christ from Nigeria and establish an Islamic state. ‘The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state … We are responsible for the suicide attack on a church in Jos and also another attack on another church in Biu,’ a spokesman for the group, Abul Qaqa, is said to have told reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri over the phone.” Read more.