Nigeria: Islamists Destroy 185 Christian Churches, 190,000 Forced To Flee Muslim Onslaught
Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
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By Jack Moore, International Business Times – “A prominent Nigerian reverend has revealed Islamist terror group Boko Haram destroyed over 180 churches in the West African country following its capture of towns and villages in the north-eastern states of Borno and Adamawa.
Reverend Gideon Obasogie, the director of Catholic Social Communication of Maiduguri Diocese in Borno State, said the group’s seizure of territory in both states has seen 185 churches torched and over 190,000 people displaced by their insurgency.
In his statement, Obasogie said Boko Haram’s ‘ransacking and torching’ of churches had forced priests to leave their homes for two months while displaced civilians were still unable to return to their towns and villages.
He added the destruction of churches was ‘sad, heart-aching and potentially dangerous to the territorial integrity and common good of Nigeria.’
‘It is over 30 days now that our church communities in Gulak, Shuwa, Michika, Bazza were ransacked by the callous attacks of the Boko Haram terrorists,’ the statement said.
‘Our priests are displaced, while citizens…are counting their losses and regrets as they have been reduced to the status of Internally Displaced Persons [IDP]. Where is the freedom?’
‘Life is really terribly difficult. We are waiting eagerly to go back home, even as it is obvious that we are going to [have to] reconstruct our looted and burnt houses and ecclesial structures.
‘We have been sleeping in uncompleted buildings, camps and school premises. We have been absorbed into houses of relations and friends in [their] sixties and seventies.'” Read more.
Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”
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