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Cananusa.org, New York- July 26, 2016 --- NEW York. Members of Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) strongly condemn the horrible killings of Nigerian Christians by Muslims across the country.
Speaking through the Executive Director, Dr. Ade’ Oyesile, said, “we are saddened by the rapid occurrences of these atrocious killings without a corresponding accountability being meted to the growing list of perpetrators”. CANAN now calls on the federal government to go beyond mere expression of shock at the vicious killings and set in motion practical steps to stem this ugly spectacle of continuous massacre of Christians.
As at July 20, 2016, our records show that at least 384 Christians have been killed and 111 injured in various parts of the country. With just weeks past midyear, this figure compares in a scaring proportion to a total of 431 deaths and 301 injured Christians in the entire 2015.
These killings, we noticed, are carried out either by tit-for-tat attacks, arson on properties especially churches or the targeted systemic killings of Christians perpetuated by the Boko Haram terrorist religious sectarian group.
Our figures of Christians killed and maimed by Muslims corroborates with documentation by “The Religion of Peace,” a magazine that chronicles attack on Christians. The magazine gives even more details of the vicious killings in 2016 alone as follows:
The Executive Director of Christian Association of Nigerian Americans (CANAN), Dr. Ade Oyesile, has commended the on-going meeting between the Federal government and the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) over increase in national minimum wage for workers adding however that mass retrenchment is not an option.
In a statement by Williams Ekanem, media consultant to CANAN, the Executive Director pointed out that the Federal government must be commended for opting to sit at the negotiation table to even talk about salary increment in the face of harsh financial realities occasioned by oil price drop.
According to Oyesile, “ it surely shows that the government has the interest of the people and should therefore stop introducing the option of staff rationalization because if the federal government, the highest employer of labor cannot retain its staff, where would they run to when thrown out of job.”
Girl feared going against orders but was even more afraid of killing her father who she knew was staying at the crowded camp in Nigeria that was her target.
Strapped with a suicide bomb vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.
Her two companions, however, completed their grisly mission and walked into a crowd of hundreds at Dikwa refugee camp in north-east Nigeria and blew themselves up, killing 58 people.
Later found by local security forces, the girl’s tearful account is one of the first indications at least some of the child bombers used by Boko Haram are aware they are about to die and kill others.
What's the real meaning of "Boko Haram?" I've been wondering about this recently since news articles are constantly informing me (including ones on this website) that it means "Western education is a sin."
I was surprised that Nigeria's Hausa language, spoken by the mostly Muslim group that is dominant in the northern half of the country, would have a four letter word that meant "western education." Haram has always been obvious - a borrowed word from Arabic that refers to things that are forbidden in Islam (as opposed to
WASHINGTON - ISIS has dominated the news recently, but the terror group Boko Haram is responsible for the mass kidnapping of students in Nigeria and many other atrocities.
The global hashtag #BringBackOurGirls became a trending rallying cry that reached all the way to the White House. Now, a year and half later, the headlines have died down, yet 219 girls from the Nigeria town of Chibok remain captive - but 57 managed to escape.
Human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of Northern Virginia has helped bring more than a dozen girls to the United States. The latest girl arrived just last month.
The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops in Borno killed a notorious member of the extremist Boko Haram sect as well as two other members known for terrorising remote community in the North-east state.
The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, a colonel, said the suspected terrorists were killed by personnel on ‘fighting patrol’.
The statement said, ”As part of their determined efforts to rid the society of all known Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts, troops of 25 Task Force Brigade based on tip off conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State.
West Africa’s Haram Islamist militant group is expanding and there is only a small window of opportunity to stop it, the top U.N. aid official in Cameroon said on Monday.
Najat Rochdi, U.N. Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, said the group's strategy was to demonstrate its power by almost daily suicide bombings, often by young girls, while trying to gain territory.
Its offensive was bankrupting Cameroon's economy and destroying a fragile society, especially influencing the young.