Negotiations with Boko Haram Fail

They were lying in ambush. When the Boko Haram militants on board motorbikes saw a group of Christians returning home from church service, they opened fire, killing eight of them, according to survivors.

CHR Comment: The Nigerian government is trying to negotiate the release of kidnapped girls. Many of these girls come from Christian villages and families as earlier reports have shown. As negotiations failed, Boko Haram militants renewed their attacks.

Source: Boko Haram militants shoot Christians returning home from church in Nigeria, killing 8; 2 other attacks claim 10 lives | Christian News on Christian Today


Christians Resettling Northeastern Nigeria

For years a key state in Islamist terror group Boko Haram’s attempt to create a caliphate, parts of Adamawa state in northeastern Nigeria have now been liberated by government forces. However, as civilians begin returning home, they are finding it difficult to adjust to life after the insurgency.

CHR Comment: Years of fighting resulted in the destruction of homes, churches, and wells, making resettlement difficult. Boko Haram remains a threat active in the country though their efforts to form a caliphate have failed.

Source: Churches destroyed, Bibles burned: Nigerian church leader on Christians returning home after Boko Haram

Nigeria Chibok Girls: Boko Haram Video Shows Captives

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram releases a video showing some 50 of the schoolgirls seized by the group from Chibok more than two years ago.

CHR Comment: Boko Haram continue to abuse and exploit the Chibok girls whom they took captive in April 2014. The report notes that many of these girls are Christians, now forced to “marry” Islam militants.

Source: Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives – BBC News

Boko Haram Attacks Force 50,000 to Flee Homes

More than 50,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in southeastern Niger after a series of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.

CHR Comment: The article does not describe the religious character of the violence in Nigeria. Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group whose name means “western education is forbidden.” The group is notorious for its attacks upon Christians and other non-Muslims. The second link takes you to the 2015 church history summary, which describes Boko Haram as the bloodiest jihadist group of that year.

In the picture above, the boy holds a French sign saying , “Je suis Diffa” (“I am Diffa”), which refers to the region of Nigeria attacked.

Source: Boko Haram attacks force 50,000 people to flee homes in Niger

Rescued Schoolgirl Enslaved by Boko Haram

The first of the over 200 Christian schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram nearly two years ago, has been found with a baby and reunited with her family, igniting hope for the parents of the other girls as well.

CHR Comment: The Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. The young mother pictured above is the first to appear out of the Sambisa Forest where the girls were taken, though she reported that the others were still there except those who had died. The man who appeared with the Chibok schoolgirl claimed to be her husband. It is believed that kidnapped and enslaved Christian girls were taken as brides for the militants.

Many news organizations carried this story but did not report that the girls were Christians.

Source: First Christian Chibok Schoolgirl Rescued After 2 Years of Being Enslaved by Boko Haram

New Giant Jesus Statue

Move over, “Christ the Redeemer.” A new giant statue of Jesus is about to be unveiled in a Nigerian village. Dubbed “Jesus de Greatest,” . . .

CHR Comment: Nigerian businessman, Obinna Onuoha, commissioned the 28 foot statute to be placed outside of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, which is located in the southern, Christian portion of Nigeria. It will not be near the location of the numerous Boko Haram attacks that occur mostly in the north and east portions of the country. It will be the largest statue of Jesus in Africa.

Source: The world is about to get a new giant Jesus statue

A Pastor and an Imam Bridge a Religious Divide

They were once bitter foes. But two Nigerians, a Christian and an Muslim, are now preaching unity.

CHR Comment: Terrorism has been most deadly in Nigeria in 2015 due to the activities of Boko Haram, which persecutes Christians but also Muslims and other religious persons that disagree with them. The pastor and Imam pictured here run a mediation center together in an effort to foster peace and understanding in their nation.

Source: A pastor and an imam ‘programmed to hate one another’ bridge a religious divide | Public Radio International

Boko Haram Attack in Yola, Nigeria

A blast killed in Nigeria killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria, an emergency official said.

CHR Comment: Yola is a regional capital and a community with many Christians since, for example, it is the location of Concordia College, a school founded by the Lutheran Church. This latest bombing, however, targeted a mosque since Boko Haram also attacks Muslims who do not support their movement.

Source: 32 dead in Nigeria blast blamed on Boko Haram