A report by Rescue Christians (video below) gives details of the severity of Christian persecution in Nigeria in the six years in which Boko Haram has unleashed its reign of terror. 100,000 Christians’ homes destroyed and 5,000 murdered. “As a result there are 7,000 widows and 10,000 orphans in the Maiduguri diocese.”
A report by the charity also found some 350 churches have been destroyed in the diocese, which encompasses Borno and Yobo states as well as part of Adamawa. More than half of the Maiduguri diocese’s parish centers, chaplaincies and church-run primary schools have been deserted by Nigerian Catholics and many of them are occupied by Boko Haram militants, who control up to 85 percent of the diocese territory.
“People are very scared, and those who are able to return home find there is nothing left,” Rev. Father Gideon Obasogie, the diocesan director of social communications, told ACN, according to Catholic Herald. “A life lived with much fear is terrible.” IBTimes
The Nigerian Army has retaken the north-eastern town town Baga from Boko Haram.
In January the terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a second attack on Baga . Amnesty International said, “The bloodthirsty Nigerian terror group Boko Haram killed as many as 2,000 people in a horrific attack.”
The Nigerian army has retaken the north-eastern town of Baga, held by Boko Haram militants since 3 January.
In a tweet from its official account, the army said that “mopping up” operations were continuing.
It also claimed in a separate statement that it had killed many Boko Haram militants, though this has not been independently verified. BBC
About 63 Nigerian girls and women abducted last month by Boko Haram have escaped. However, over 200 other girls who were abducted in April are still captive.
Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday.
Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had “received an alert from my colleagues … that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home”. A high-level security source in Borno state capital Maiduguri, who requested anonymity, confirmed the escape.
The Nigerian government has to be the most inept corrupt government on the planet.
Boko Haram Ramadan in Nigeria.
Five churches, including COCIN, EYN and Deeper Life Bible Church, in Kwada village about 10 kilometres from Chibok town, were on Sunday attacked by Boko Haram insurgents. The attackers, according to report from locals in Chibok, targeted the time when worshipers were ready for the Sunday Service.
“They killed and burnt houses after attacking worshipers in five churches in Kwada; after that, they advanced to Kautikari, less than 8 kilometres to Chibok town, whey they equally killed people and destroyed properties.”
“I’m not sure security agencies have gone to rescue the villagers, but I learnt that the insurgents are still in pursuit of the remaining villagers”, Mallam Yahi told DailyPost.
Update: Boko Harem video of girls may be a fake. “They are not the same. They are not the girls abducted,” said Ojutiku, a Southern Baptist in Raleigh, N.C., who receives frequent updates from members of the grassroots group Lift Up Now. He co-founded the group to address political, economic and social challenges in his homeland Nigeria.
More likely, the Monday (May 12) video is a ruse by the Islamic terrorists to mislead those searching for the girls, Ojutiku said.” Baptist Press
The fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls, that were kidnapped in April by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has turned even more nightmarish when the leader of Boko Haram announced plans to sell them.
“I abducted your girls,” the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in the 57-minute video.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, has been waging a bloody insurgency to establish sharia law in northern Nigeria.
“I have kidnapped a girl in an school with Western education and that bothers you. I say that Western education must end – it must end! The girls must leave and get married,” he said.
Shekau also threatened to sell the girls.
“By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace,” he said in the video, which starts off with Islamist fighters lofting automatic rifles and shooting in the air as they chant “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”). France24