Christians In Nigeria, Kenya Await Justice

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Worthy News Africa Service

ABUJA, NIGERIA (Worthy News) -- Nigeria's government came under pressure Friday, March 6, to set up an independent commission investigating deadly attacks against Christians by Muslim extremists, while elsewhere in Africa, in Kenya, an evangelical church expressed concerns over Muslim militants.

U.S. based International Christian Concern (ICC) said authorities have so far done little to investigate tensions in northern Nigeria, two weeks after Muslim mobs reportedly gunned down Christians while setting fire to homes and churches in a three-day rampage that killed at least 11 people. Over 3,000 people were reportedly displaced following the violence in the city of Bauchi.

"Nigerian officials have repeatedly failed their obligations to protect Christian minorities from savage attacks by Muslim extremists in the northern part of the country," added ICC's Regional Manger for Africa, Jonathan Racho. "We call upon the Nigerian government to establish an independent commission to investigate the attacks in Bauchi and bring the perpetrators to justice."

It came as in Kenya, Christians were still worshiping in the sweltering heat of the open air, half a year after a gang of Muslim youths ruined their church building on September 14. The angry Muslim youths reportedly threw more than 400 members of the Redeemed Gospel Church out of their church building in the northern town of Garissa.

The Christians told reporters they were disappointed that local authorities have not helped them to return to the ruins of their former structure. “After six months in the open, the church feels tired and cheated,” pastor David Matolo said in remarks published by Christian news agency Compass Direct News.

“We are fed up with the empty promises from the government administration.” He said the church, which began worshiping in Garissa in early 2001 with only a dozen members, is fast shrinking.

“Our church membership has decreased, which is of great concern to me...The church thinks that the government has decided to buy time – almost every month I do book appointments with the relevant authorities, who on several occasions have given us a deaf ear.”

As in Nigeria, Muslim extremism has been spreading in Kenya, rights groups have suggested.

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3 thoughts on “Christians In Nigeria, Kenya Await Justice

  1. Praying!

    "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12

    Hosanna!

    "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" John 11:25

    Save Now LORD

    "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:11

    Hallelujah To The Risen KING

    "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

  2. Well, do you think the authorities are just a little afraid for their own lives if they try to protect the Christians? This seems to be a pattern in Muslim-dominated countries and regions.
    Our brothers and sisters in northern Nigeria and Garissa, Kenya shine brightly, and the church is stronger because of it.

    ---Matthew 5:10--from the lips of Jesus--"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

  3. We must always keep these brothers and sisters in Christ in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We must never forget them. .. We must never let Sunday School classes dumb us down so that we forget them. Remember the persecuted Church!

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