Nigeria: Ethnic & Religion Cleansing In Nigeria

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Today, we the Christians of Nigeria resident here in Finland, filled with grief over the massacre of our brothers and sisters in the Lord, are marching to protest their wanton and brutal killing. They were killed and are being killed for no other reason than that they are Christians. You are no doubt witnesses, as we are, of news media reports and video footages of the ongoing Ethnic and Religion cleansing in that country. The Islamic terrorist group called Boko Haram after a spate of bombing and killing since 2009 has recently stepped up it’s campaign to forcefully Islamize Nigeria. The Christmas day bombings at churches that claimed the lives of over forty Christians is part of this campaign. Surely you are also aware that they have ordered ALL CHRISTIANS living in the “North” to leave to the south and that they have followed up this threat by intensifying the Ethnic and Religion cleansing… There is evidence that BH is supported in these atrocities by the political and religious class in northern Nigeria. Recently, the president of Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan revealed that they have penetrated all sectors of the government including the security forces and even the presidency.
Boko Haram (and their supporters and sponsors) wants all Christians to leave the “North” but for the record, the “North” is not what Muslims claim it is. The “North” is not homogeneously Muslim. In fact, even the 12 states (out of the 36 states and Federal Capital territory of Nigeria) that declared sharia Islamic law nearly a decade ago are not all majority Muslim as the Islamic world would like the world to believe. Others have significant indigenous Muslim population. Muslims are in the minority in Nigeria, perhaps just one third if not less. Not withstanding, they have ruled Nigeria for up to 75% of the time since independence, controlled power and controlled revenue from oil and other resources. Mismanagement of these resources over the decades, discrimination and exploitation had already forced many (mostly Christians) out of the country. Further escalation will lead to mass exodus that will make the Somali refugee problem or any other in Africa – a child’s play
We call on the Finnish people, leaders and government to condemn these dastardly acts of ethnic and religion cleansing and to help create awareness in the international community about these atrocities so that those sponsors will be brought to book. The problem is comparable to the problem in the Balkans in the early 90s. The difference is that in Nigeria, Christians are at the receiving end. For so long Muslims have been allowed to get away with atrocities and ethnic cleansing and that has engendered them to further violence.
At this juncture, the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller regarding the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen enemies, group after group come to mind: “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
Pastor Martin Niemoller
It is not just because a Christian, in the person of Goodluck Jonathan is the president as some are erroneously speculating at the moment. This problem has been in existence for so long but it seemed only one ethnic group that is almost exclusively Christian had borne the brunt – the Igbos. This eventually led to the civil war (the Nigeria-Biafra war) of the sixties. Considering the gravity of the situation in which we are at the moment, it may be pertinent to expatiate on this point.
Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual country with a population of more than 160 million people. There are three major ethnic groups, the Igbos (also known as Ibos) and the Yorubas in the South, and the Hausas in the North. There are about 250 other smaller groups in the federation. The Hausas are predominantly Muslims, and live in the Northern part of Nigeria, the Yorubas are split almost evenly between Christians, Muslims and Traditionalists, and live in the South-Western part of Nigeria, and the Igbos, 99% Christians live in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.
Today the Igbos of Nigeria have demonstrated to the world their commitment to peaceful coexistence by refusing to take up arms for self-preservation in the face of a targeted, determined and unrelenting genocide in the Northern part of Nigeria by appealing to the UN and the International Community for immediate response and protection of Igbos (Ndigbo) of Nigeria. Today we have decided to bring to the attention of the International community the enormity of the crime against humanity, the despicable carnage, the pogrom, the ethnic cleansing going on in Nigeria today.
As you are reading this, the massacre is on-going with outrageous ferocity and wicked intent wipe out the Igbos and Christians and to Islamize Nigeria. We continue to bury our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in thousands every week, and every month. We have watched our daughters and wives publicly raped and butchered, pregnant women’s stomach cut open, and the foetus removed, breast feeding mothers have had their breasts cut off and allowed to bleed to death. Hundreds have been burnt alive, and the world pretends not to know. Innocent and law abiding citizens whose only crimes have been their industriousness, mobility, and Christianity continue to face the threat of extinction everyday. We have been persecuted and have even fought back against our powerful persecutors for more than half a century now. Rather than bring us peace and security, the silent support of some International bodies (OIC – Organisation of Islamic Countries for instance) has increased the advantage of our murderers over us.
– Jos in 1945 – Kano genocide 1953 – 1966 pogroms- over 50, 000 killed – 1967-70 – over 2,000,000 killed during the bloody civil war – Kano1980 – Maiduguri in 1982 – Jimeta in 1984 – Gombe violence in 1985 – Kaduna & Kafanchan 1991 – Bauchi & Katsina 1991 – Kano 1991 – Zangon-Kataf in 1992 – Funtua in 1993 – Kano in 1994
– Kaduna in 2000 – Kaduna in 2001 – Maiduguri in 2001 – Kaduna 2002 – Beheading of Gideon Akaluka in December of 1996 in Kano – Saint Moritz killed December 2001 – Post April 2011 Presidential Election: 10 youth corpers and numerous citizens murdered because
a    Christian Southerner was elected. – Jos Christmas eve 2010 – Christmas day 2011 – January 6 2012 – Ongoing today
We thank you in advance for your kind attention and for your expected positive action Thank You

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