The instant previous United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the Nigerian authorities of downplaying the killings of Christians within the West African nation, describing them as conflicts between herders and farmers relatively than as religiously motivated acts of terror.
In line with the previous US Director of the Central Intelligence Company, a minimum of 1,500 Christians have been killed in Nigeria within the final six months.
Pompeo, who served as Secretary of State beneath ex-President Donald Trump, acknowledged this in an article which was revealed by the American Centre for Regulation and Justice on Wednesday.
Within the article, Pompeo stated the Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities isn’t doing sufficient to guard non secular freedom.
He stated the Buhari regime had suppressed the information of the killings of Christians by masking it as farmer-herder disaster.
He stated, “At the least 1,500 Christians have already been killed in Nigeria throughout 2021, and much more have been kidnapped and are both being held hostage or trafficked. The assaults are brutal. Armed radical Islamic teams arrive in a village through the evening, kill the lads, rape and homicide the ladies, and kidnap the kids.
“The Nigerian authorities to date has sought to downplay the assaults, characterising them as conflicts between herders and farmers relatively than as religiously motivated acts of terror. These terrorists should be held accountable for such preposterous characterisations. And on condition that Nigeria has the biggest Christian inhabitants of any African nation – over 80 million, practically half of its folks – it’s important that this persecution is snuffed out earlier than it turns into even worse.”
The previous American official stated each single day in Nigeria, Christians aren’t simply having their proper to spiritual freedom denied – they’re being murdered due to their religion in Jesus.
Pompeo argued that no society that denies its folks the fitting to worship in keeping with their beliefs, or that permits that proper to come back beneath assault with out consequence, can declare to be really good.
He stated in 2018, 110 schoolgirls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe State however when a deal was minimize to return a lot of the women house, one was held again – Leah Sharibu as a result of she refused to transform to Islam.
The previous secretary of state requested how Sharibu may stay in captivity for 3 years with none consequence.
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